Child Seat Inspections
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages four to 14. Keeping children safe on the road means putting them in the right restraint at the right age.
The 4 Steps for Kids are:
- REAR-FACING INFANT SEATS in the back seat from birth to at least one year old and at least 20 pounds.
- FORWARD-FACING TODDLER SEATS in the back seat from age one to about age four and 20 to 40 pounds.
- BOOSTER SEATS in the back seat from about age four and 40 pounds to at least age eight, unless 4’9″.
- SAFETY BELTS at age eight or older or taller than 4’9″. All children aged 12 and under should ride in the back seat.
While most infants and toddlers ride in the correct child safety seat, less than 10 percent of the children who should be in booster seats use one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that children who have outgrown child safety seats be properly restrained in booster seats in the back seat until they are at least eight years old unless