If you're a kid 8 years or under, you also need a booster seat. Booster seats help you sit up high enough so the shoulder part of seat belt fits properly across your chest.
Any kid who weighs between (18.1 kilograms) and (36.3 kilograms) should be in a booster seat. Kids should continue using the booster seat until they are (1.4 meters) and weigh at least (36.3 kilograms). Once kids reach that height and weight, they can safely ride in a car with just the seat belt. So check with your parent to make sure you're big enough to ride safely without a booster!
Get in the Back
Here's another important safety rule: sit in the back seat. Kids 12 years old and under need to be sitting in the back. Period. It's simply the safest place to be. If the car you're riding in gets into an accident, you have much less chance of hitting something hard like the windshield if you're in the back.
If you're in the back seat with friends or brothers and sisters, everyone needs to keep their seat belts on and not horse around. It can be hard for the driver to concentrate on driving and see what's going on outside the car if you're jumping around back there. Short story: It can be dangerous and everyone could get hurt.
What About Air Bags?
You might know a little bit about air bags because many car commercials on TV talk about them. If a car with air bags is in a front-end accident, the bags burst out of the steering wheel and dashboard and — whoosh! — blow up like big balloons. This happens very quickly — in the blink of an eye. Air bags cushion passengers during an accident to keep them from hitting the dashboard or windshield.
But even though the bags have saved many adults' lives, kids 12 years and under should never sit in the front seat of a car that has air bags. That's because air bags are made to protect a bigger person's body, and when they open they can hurt kids.
But what if you're going to ride in someone else's car and you're asked to sit in the front seat? First, make sure the adult driver knows the rule: No one age 12 or under in the front. If you have no choice but to sit in the front, follow safety rule #1: Wear your seat belt!
Air bags do not — and should not — take the place of seat belts. Have an adult help you push your seat all the way back so you'll be as far away from the air bag as possible. And keep your back against the seat — don't lean forward or wiggle around.
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