When the child exceeds 40 pounds and 52'?

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Registered: 05-06-2007
When the child exceeds 40 pounds and 52'?
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Tue, 12-27-2011 - 10:35am

Please help with this confusion. As a grandma with a just turned 4 year old grandchild in the car a few times a week, I am looking for a new inexpensive, yet safe, seat. The Cosco high back booster has a five point harness that works till "the child exceeds 40 pounds and 52 inches" My granddaughter is very short (5th percentile). She will hit 40 pounds well before the height limit. Does this mean she can safely stay in the 5 point harness past forty pounds or is it not safe when exceeding one of the requirements? She has a Graco Nautilas 3/1 in her mom's car. Thank you for your help,

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Registered: 06-18-2004
Fri, 12-30-2011 - 12:24am

The Maestro is a great seat! It has nice high harness slots so it will last about as long as the Nautilus. It doesn't last long as a booster seat since the headrest is not adjustable, but booster seats are much cheaper.

I just wanted to make sure you know how to tell when the seat is too small. You already know about the weight limit. Most children usually outgrow the car seat by torso length. The top harness slot should be AT or ABOVE the child's shoulders. Once the child's shoulders are above the top harness slot, the seat is outgrown. A child can also outgrow a seat if their ears are above the top of the shell, but this doesn't happen very often.

Hope that helps!


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Registered: 05-06-2007
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 10:27am
Thank you.After your response I found the Evenflo Maestro on a rollback sale for $68 so will be purchasing that one. We want her safely harnessed for quite a while yet. This seat will work much longer than the cosco one at a reasonable cost.
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Registered: 09-08-2007
Tue, 12-27-2011 - 2:21pm
The 5 point harness is only crash tested to 40lbs, so even if she is under the height limit, she cannot stay harnessed. However, if she was under 40,but close to the height limit, then she could stay harnessed. It is much safer for her to be harnessed until she is closer to 6 years of age. In my own experience, watching my almost 5 yr old niece and her older sister, 7, neither of them stay seated properly in a belt (or booster), even for short rides. Could you possibly purchase a Evenflo Maestro ($80 USD) that would allow her to be harnessed to 50lbs? Maybe sell the Costco seat to help make up the cost?
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