Young Children Wear It Right!!!
Weight: Over 40 lbs. to about "Properly worn" means with both
80 lbs. or more straps snugly fitted to transfer the
impact of the collision to the parts
Type of Seat: Belt-positioning of your body that can take it: your
booster seat hip and shoulder bones. With just
the shoulder strap on, you can still
Seat Position: Forward-facing slide out from under it and be
strangled, while the lap belt alone
Always Make Sure: Belt- doesn't keep your face from hitting
positioning booster seats must the steering wheel.
be used with both lap and
Warning: Make sure the lap
belt fits low and tight to avoid CAR SEAT
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Community Safety Division
Seat Belt Safety Child Safety Seats Infants
Safety belts are the most effective More than 80% of child safety seats are Weight/Age: Birth to at least 1 year
means of saving lives and reducing not used correctly. The correct installation and 20-22 lbs.
serious injuries in traffic crashes. of child safety seats is often very
confusing to parents, grandparents and Type of Seat: Infant only or rear-
Traffic crashes are the leading cause facing convertible
caregivers. New technology in vehicles
of death to children in America. Each
and child safety seats adds to this
year in the U.S., approximately 1,800 Seat Position: Rear-facing only.
children ages 14 & under are killed as
occupants in motor vehicles and more Always Make Sure: Children to at
than 280,000 are injured. least one year and at least 20 lbs. in
Proper Use of Child Safety Seats
Safety belts, air bags and proper child The selection of the proper child rear-facing seats in back seats, be
safety seats, when used consistently safety seat is often confusing. secured in back seat harness straps
and correctly, can significantly reduce Parents/ Caregivers must consider the at or below shoulder level.
the rate of injury in a crash. weight and height of the child when
The number of lives saved could be selecting the proper seat. You must Warning: Do not place infants in
substantially increased if more people look at the weight and height the front seat of cars with air bag!
used safety belts. recommendations made by the child
safety seat manufacturer. Toddlers/ Preschool
• Always wear lap and shoulder belt. Weight: Over 20 lbs. To about 40
lbs. and over 1 year.
• Never place shoulder belt under
your arm or behind your back. Type of Seat: Convertible /
• Always use rear-facing child seats forward-facing
for children under 20 lbs and 1
• Always use forward-facing child Seat Position: Forward-
seats for children 20-40 lbs and facing
over 1 year old.
Always Make Sure: Harness straps
• Never place rear-facing child seat should be at or about shoulders. Most
in front seat of vehicle with seats require top slot for forward-
passenger side airbags. facing.
• Always place children 12 years
and under in back seat. Warning: All Children age 12 and
under ride in the back seat