questionshave any of you looked at the current car seat…

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You're kind of stretching it there. The key is the height, and they give an age range when kids typically reach that height.

A booster seat isn't really a "car seat" either, it just lifts the kid up so the car's shoulder belt can work properly. The backless ones aren't much different than sitting on a pillow or something.

We have two kids, 4 & 7, and thus use booster seats for both.

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$50 is cheap...in Ohio they are like 500 for car seat violations

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I dont really know the laws in Indiana, but I know there was a lot of outrage when they changed it. It is height based, but I think there is an age restriction as well. When they originally changed it years back I remember my mom was extremely frustrated because my younger sister, who was in the 5th grade at the time, did not meet the height requirement! She had a growth hormone deficiency and was obviously extremely small. Can you imagine trying to convince a 5th grader that they suddenly need to sit in a car seat! Needless to say that conversation never happened. The fine is outrageous too, it certainly wasnt $50. (In most of our counties a seatbelt violation is more than $50)

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@fyrfytr44 and @say592: I'm sorry I did not word that properly. I meant that in my town, they give out $50 tickets to children who do not wear a bike helmet. This, combined with other factors, had the end result of virtually eliminating all child bike riders in my town. When I was in high school, my friends and I and plenty others rode bikes to get around everywhere. Even if there was someone who could drive us, we preferred the independence of our bikes. I know that if I had worn a helmet when I was that age, I would have been bullied to a point that I decided to stop riding. I know that that's not a good enough reason to stop a law being passed but I think they should have gone about that the other way. The government should slowly try to make these things normal before making big changes. A good idea might be start with Hollywood. How many people started smoking because movies made it look cool? They should make people in movies apear safe- wear seatbelts, wear helmets, etc.

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I think you're missing the point and all the data and studies behind it. You're forgetting that the car's safety features - belt, airbags, and even the seat itself - are really designed for the size range of full grown adult. Those below that range have a greater risk to danger and injury when those things are deployed. For example, most seat belts aren't adjustable for height and air bags deploy to a specific height.

That's not to mean that they'd be better off without them but that they would suffer injuries or more injuries from the safety systems than a full grown adult.

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In Michigan we just got rid of the Motorcycle helmet law. So not all states are going in the over protective direction.

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@gopvifootball: That was then, this is now. Today's kids don't consider bike helmets to be "nerdy" or unusual in any way. And they're safer for it.

It's unusual here to see a kid out biking without a helmet.

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@jsoko: That's a great idea. Watch the fatalities rise.

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@first2summit: People should have the right to choose whether or not to wear a helmet. There's also a requirement for an extra $20,000 of insurance for those choosing not to wear helmets. Charles Darwin would be proud; survival of the fittest.