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Car Seat Safety

  • Children under the age of 2:  REAR FACING SAFETY SEAT regardless of weight.
  • REAR FACING is safest, and children should travel that way for as long as possible.
  • Once child has outgrown the height and weight allowed by their rear facing car seat, child should sit in a forward-facing car seat with harness straps.
  • Once children have outgrown the height/weight requirements for their forward facing car seat, they may travel in a booster seat.
    • Every child in a booster seat must be secured with both the lap and shoulder belts.
  • When can we get rid of the booster seat?
    • Child must be 57″ tall (4′ 9″) AND between 8-12 years old.
    • Child must be able to sit with back against the seat and knees bent at the edge of the seat without slouching.
    • Shoulder strap should lay against the middle of the chest and shoulder (not neck).
    • Lap belt should rest against upper thighs (not abdomen)
    • Child should be able to sit this way for the entire car ride!
  • Children must ride in the backseat, regardless of weight, until they are at least 13 years old, secured in a lap and should seat belt.

 

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