CAR SEATS

Basic Car Seat Safety

Infants – From birth to at least age 1 AND less than 20 pounds

  • Always rides in the back seat and never in front of an air bag
  • Always rides in a car seat made for infants at specific size and age
  • Always sits facing the back of the car in car seat
  • Always make sure the straps are snug and the car seat is locked into place using the car’s LATCH or safety belt system
  • Always put the harnesses through the slots so they are even with or below the infant’s shoulders.  Be sure the harness is tight, so you can’t pinch extra webbing at the shoulder.
  • Adjust the chest clip to armpit level
  • Always make sure the car seat is buckled tightly in the car and doesn’t move more than one inch when pulled

Toddlers – 1 to 7 years old AND weighs from 20-40 pounds (If child outgrows car seat before the age of 7 then a booster seat is the appropriate replacement)

  • Always rides in the back seat and never in front of an air bag
  • Always use a forward-facing car seat
  • Always put child in a car seat made for specific size and age
  • Always put harnesses through the slots so they are even with or above the child’s shoulders.  Some seats require use of the top slots when the seat is forward-facing, so check instructions.
  • Always be sure the harness is tight, so you can’t pinch extra webbing at the shoulder
  • Always make sure the straps are snug around child
  • Always make sure the car seat is buckled tightly in the car and doesn’t move more than one inch when pulled
  • Always adjust the chest clip to armpit level
  • Always use a top tether if your vehicle and car seat are both so equipped.  Tethers limit the forward motion of your child’s head in a crash.
  • A child is too big for the seat when the shoulders are above the top slots, the tops of the ears are above the back of the seat or the weight limit is exceeded.  Move to a taller car seat or a booster seat.  Many children will outgrow the harness of a forward-facing car seat at age 4 or 5.

Young Kids Use Booster Seats – 8-12 years old AND under 4 feet, 9 inches tall AND weighs more than 40 to 80 or 100 pounds

  • Always rides in a back seat and never in front of an air bag
  • Always rides in a booster seat using a seat belt with lap and shoulder straps
  • Always have the lap belt sitting low on the hips, not the stomach
  • Always make sure the shoulder belt is over the shoulder – not on the neck, under the arm or behind the back
  • Always make sure the seat belt is snug, flat and comfortable
  • Always inform other drivers that your child is using a booster seat and that it is a must when driving your child in their own vehicle
  • Always make sure the safety belt is properly buckled because booster seats DO NOT use a harness, only the vehicle’s lap and should belts
  • Always remember that booster seats are not installed tightly.  They sit on the vehicle seatl the child buckles the lap and shoulder belt and wears the safety belt like you do.  Never use only the lap belt.

Remember: Children learn from adult role models.  Always wear your own safety belt correctly every time you are in a car and enforce vehicle safety rules to passengers of all ages.

For more information on car seat safety and for the Point of Impact Child Safety Seat Program please visit the REMSA Website

Safe Kids Washoe County
1155 Mill Street, H8
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: 775-982-6085

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Second Tuesday of the month
Noon at Denny's
205 E Nugget Ave.
Sparks, NV