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Car Seat Safety

  • Car seats are usually only good for 7 years from the date of manufacturing.
  • If you are involved in an automobile accident, we would recommend that your car seat be replaced.
  • Safety Kids Coalition recommends that you keep your kids rear facing as long as they will tolerate it, even though the law states 20 lbs and 1 year old.
  • The car seat should display the weight rating for that car seat.
  • For children that are rear-facing, the shoulder strap should be at or below their shoulders.
  • For children that are facing forward, the shoulder strap should be at or above their shoulders.
  • Height: When children are sitting in the car, their head should not be above the top of the car seat. If this is the case the car seat is too small.
  • Shoulder straps should be adjusted to where you should be able to just barely put your fingers under the straps.
  • Adjustments: Don't adjust the car seat to fit cumbersome clothing, because if they are in an accident, they may not be restrained.
  • Once you have your car seat installed in the car, you should be able to grab the base of it and not be able to move it more than an inch. Most car seats are not installed properly and are too loose.
  • The recommendation of the Safety Kid Coalition is that you child be taller than 4'9", weight more than 80 lbs, and be 8 years or older to be out of a booster seat.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact the Layton City Fire Department at 336-3940.

Booster Seat Fact Sheet 2009

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