s Tennessee’ Child Restraint Law T E N N E S S E E ’ S C H I L D R E S T R A I N T L AW WA S I M P R O V E D E F F E C T I V E J U LY 1 , 2 0 0 4 . H E R E A R E T H E FA C T S Y O U N E E D TO KNOW FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES: PROPER CHILD SAFETY SEAT USE CHART Buckle Everyone. Children Age 12 and Under in Back! INFANTS TODDLER YOUNG CHILDREN WEIGHT Birth to 1 year Over 1 year Ages 4-8 under 20 lbs. 20 lbs.– 40 lbs. over 40 lbs., under 4’9’’ TYPE of SEAT Infant-only or Convertible/ Belt positioning rear-facing convertible forward-facing booster seat SEAT POSITION Rear-facing only Forward-facing Forward-facing in back seat in back seat in back seat STRAP/BELT Harness straps should Harness straps should Belt positioning booster POSITION be at or below be at or above shoulders seats must be used with shoulder level both lap and shoulder belt Make sure the lap belt fits low and tight across the hips/upper thigh area and the shoulder belt fits snug crossing the shouder and mid-chest to avoid abdominal injuries OTHER Read Owner’s Read Owner’s Read Owner’s CONSIDERATIONS Manual Manual Manual F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N O R F O R T H E F U L L T E X T O F T H E L AW P L E A S E V I S I T W W W. VA N D E R B I LT C H I L D R E N S . C O M Did you know? Height and weight measurements are estimates. Be sure to install the car seat according Properly installed child safety seats reduce the risk of death for young children by 50-70%! to your vehicle owner’s manual and manufacturer’s instructions. s Tennessee’ Child Restraint Law POSITIONING & SECURING C H I L D S A F E T Y S E AT S SA F E T Y T I P S for infants Never leave an infant unattended Dress the infant in clothing that allows access between the legs. in the child safety seat. Infants should not be in the A blanket can be placed over the infant child safety seat for an extended after securing them in the seat. period of time. Periodically, reassess the The infant’s bottom should be flat against infant’s head, neck position and the back/bottom of the child safety seat. color to be certain that their airway is open and that they are An infant safety seat should be at a semi-reclined 45-degree angle. breathing comfortably. Do not place or hang plastic toys Read the owner’s manual for specific harness strap position. from the carrying handle. The infant’s head should be No more than one adult-sized finger should in a mid-line position. fit between the harness straps and the infant’s collarbone. Blanket rolls can be placed on either side of the infant for support. The harness clip should be level with the armpits. Generally, the carrying handle should be in the down position when traveling. Make sure there is a tight fit; the seat should not move more than 1” from side to side; kneeling on the seat while strapping it in will help to make it tighter. SPECIAL NEEDS for infants Never use a child safety seat with a front airbag that Infants under 37 weeks need has not been turned off. to be monitored and observed in their child safety seat prior to discharge. Never disable the airbag yourself. If an infant exhibits a decreased oxygen level, slowing heart rate, or difficulty breathing, they may require an infant RESOURCES: National Highway Transportation car bed (nursing staff will assist Safety Administration (NTHSA) with this determination). American Academy of Pediatrics NHTSA Hotline – 800-424-9393 (AAP) WWW.NHTSA.DOT.GOV WWW.AAP.ORG National Transportation Safety National SafeKids Campaign Board (NTSB) Did you know? WWW.SAFEKIDS.ORG WWW.NTSB.GOV Certified technicians are available to inspect your seat and assist you with installation. Call 1-866-SEAT- CHECK or visit www.seatcheck.org.