What you need to know
Is your child facing and sitting the right way & in the right seat for their weight, height & age?
Here are some guidelines recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics.
Rear-Facing Seat – Birth until age 2 or when child reaches the highest height and/or weight limit of seat
(Typically around 35 pounds)
Forward-Facing Seat – Your child should have a forward-facing seat with a 5point harness until he or she reaches the manufacturer’s highest height or weight limit of the seat.
(Typically 40-65 pounds)
Belt-Positioning Booster Seat – Protect your child with this seat until he or she is at least 4’9’’
(Typically 8-12 years of age).
-Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, every motor vehicle operator in Florida will be required to use a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device for children until age 6. –
Lap and Shoulder Belts – Be sure the lap belt lies across the hips and the shoulder belt across the center of the shoulder and chest. Your child’s legs should bend comfortably at the seat’s edge, with his or her back resting flat against the back of the seat.
All children under 13 should sit in the back seat. Children should only sit in the front seat, if you can turn off your car’s airbags, AND if there is no proper back seat, like in a truck.
Remember to Check your States DMV for state specific laws regarding car seats.
Car seat recalls?To find out if your safety seat has been recalled:
Contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety hotline: (888)327-4236 or their website www.safercar.gov