Current Florida car seat laws do not require children to sit in a booster seat after age 5.
The entire point of a booster seat is to boost someone not tall enough to a height where a seat belt will not cause major injuries.
Until a human being it 4’9″ tall they simply aren’t tall enough to ride without a booster seat. The American Academy of Pediatrics has been shouting this for years. The belt will not properly fit.
An improperly fitting seat belt may result in head, abdomen, pelvic injuries and/or death. Tragically, accidents are one of the leading causes of death to children in the USA.
Senate Bill 158
In 2019, Senator Keith Perry tried to get Senate Bill 158 passed. On March 14, 2020, the bill died. It would have gone into effect July 1, 2020. The bill simply would have required kids to ride in a booster seat til age 7. It was a step in the right direction.
Injuries will continue
According to Hancock Injury Attorneys, up to 26% of the drivers on Florida’s roads are uninsured. Take a look around next time you’re on the highway. Many of those drivers are not insured. They’re irresponsible, which means you need to take extra precautions.
Do yourself a favor and keep kids in car seats until they meet the height and weight requirements needed. They’ll be out of that booster seat soon enough.