National Child Passenger Safety
Second Week of February
Every day should be Child Passenger Safety Day. The second
week of February is devoted to making everyone aware of the need for safety
measures when transporting children in your vehicle. Practice child
passenger safety every day of every week.
This site provides a list of new child restraints and features; new
vehicles and Child Safety features; proper tips for installing and using
child safety restraints.
Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Child Passenger Safety; Overview, Occurence, Risk Factors, Prevention
Farm Insurance: Child Passenger Safety
Quick Safety Seat Checkup Tips
National Safety Council
Does your child ride in the back seat? The back seat is generally
the safest place in a crash. If your vehicle has a passenger air bag, it
is essential for children 12 and under to ride in back.
Does your child ride facing the right way? Infants should ride in
rear facing restraints (in the back seat) until age 1 and at least 20-22
lbs. Infants who weigh 20 lbs. before 1 year of age should ride in a restraint
approved for higher rear facing weights. Always read your child restraint
manual for instructions on properly using the restraint. Children over
age one and at least 20 pounds may ride facing forward.
Does the safety belt hold the seat tightly in place? Put the belt
through the correct slots. If your safety seat can be used facing either
way, use the correct belt path for each direction. Check the vehicle owner's
manual and safety seat instruction book for guidance.
Is the harness buckled snugly around your child? Keep harness straps
snug over the child's shoulders. Place the chest clip at armpit level.
Does your child over 40 pounds have the best protection possible?
Keep your child in a safety seat with a full harness as long as possible,
at least until 40 pounds. Then use a belt-positioning booster seat which
helps the adult lap and shoulder belt fit better. A belt-positioning booster
seat is preferred for children between 40-80 pounds. It is used with the
adult lap and shoulder belt.
How should a safety belt fit an older child? The child should be
tall enough to sit without slouching, with knees bent at the edge of the
seat, with feet on the floor. The lap belt must fit low and tight across
the upper thighs. The shoulder belt should rest over the shoulder and across
the chest. Never put the shoulder belt under the arm or behind the child's
back. The adult lap and shoulder belt system alone will not fit most children
until they are at least 4'9" tall and weigh about 80 pounds.
© 2003 - American Academy of Pediatrics
On Board: The New LATCH System
(Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
How to use the LATCH system
Passenger Safety Laws
Selecting and Using the Most Appropriate
Car Safety Seats for Growing Children:
Guidelines for Counseling Parents
Foundation for Traffic Safety
Project: Seated for Safety