I think you would have to get a booster. Just try to find the one with the thinest back. A 3 year old should be in a car seat. In fact here in New York it is either required by law or will be soon. it is also required in New Jersey. It is required to 60 pounds. The booster is a seat that either holds the child up higher so the stock shoulder belt fits better, or (on the 2 I have) also has a 5 point harness that holds them in. You attach the belt to the booster and then the child belts into the seat with the harness. They will loose a bit of leg room but will be much safer. I also use these for the kids whenever we fly. We have to buy them a seat but if a child was ever hurt by being on my lap I would not be able to live with myself for trying to save some money. Not sure if they are available in Europe. It allways drives me crazy when I see someone with kids jumping around in a car.
1991 Mazda Miata 174000
1991 Subaru 189,000 Winter beater
got rid of:
1984 VW Vanagon 195,000
1976 350SE Euro 185,000 KM
1973 280SE 4.5 (boy do I regret that)
1980 280SE European W126 4 speed manual (miss it)
1989 BMW 735iL 119000 (good riddance)
Last edited by Silver Boat; 02-15-2002 at 02:07 PM.