Child Passenger Safety is important! Unrestrained or improperly restrained children are far more likely to be injured, suffer more severe injuries, or even be killed in the event of a car accident. To keep kids safe on the road, be sure they ride in a properly secured child safety seat that is appropriate for their size.
Child Car Seats
Car seats save lives when they are installed properly. At least 8 out of 10 children in a child safety seat are not buckled in properly. Learn to correctly use the car seat by reviewing the instructions from the seat manufacturer as well as the vehicle owner’s manual. These are some guidelines for Child Car Seats:
- Rear-facing Seats in the back seat from birth to at least 1 year old and at least 20 pounds.
- Forward-facing Toddler Seats in the back seat from age 1 and 20 pounds to about age 4 and 40 pounds.
- Booster Seats in the back seat from about age 4 to at least age 8, unless 4’9″ tall.
- Safety Belts at age 8 and older or taller than 4’9″ (or 57 inches). All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat.
Buckle up, it’s the law! Be sure to follow these rules when buckling up your children:
- Children must be in a federally approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old OR over 57″ tall.
- Children ages 8 through 12 must wear a properly fastened safety belt.
- A police officer can stop your vehicle if a child age 12 or under is not properly restrained.