Car Seat Safety
Would you drive without buckling your child’s seatbelt?
If your child is in the wrong car seat for their height and weight, or not buckled properly, it could be just as dangerous as no seatbelt at all.
Following proper car seat installation and usage could mean life or death for an infant or child.
TIPS FOR CAR SEAT SAFETY
1) Right Seat: When choosing a car seat for your child, choose the seat that is appropriate for their height and weight, not their age.
2) Right Fit: Adjust the harness straps so that they are snug (you cannot pinch slack between your fingers when testing the straps over your child’s shoulders) and that the chest clip is even with your child’s armpits. The straps should sit over your child’s shoulders.
3) Right Position: Car safety seats may be installed with either the vehicle’s seat belt or its LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system. The car seat should sit straight (not at an angle) and be secure so that it doesn’t slide around.
Learn about our Car Seat Program to see if you may be eligible for a car seat.