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Seat-Belt Positioners

The risk: Kids get annoyed when their shoulder seat belt rides up too high, but seat-belt positioners may actually interfere with proper fit, warns the AAP and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "There is no safety standard for these add-on devices, and we discourage parents from using them," says Sandy Sinclair, a safety specialist with the NHTSA.

Safe strategy: If your child is too short for a regular seat belt, he should be using a booster seat that has a built-in belt positioner. Experts recommend that children ride in a booster seat until they are 4'9" or at least 8 years old.

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