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                                                                                                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.
                                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                       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.

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