Through education, training, enforcement, outreach and legislation, NHTSA seeks to ensure that all children under the age of 13 should be properly restrained in the correct restraint system for their age and size every time they travel in a motor vehicle. NHTSA also recommends the safest place to ride is in the back seat.
While great progress has been achieved in recent years in preventing child occupant deaths and injuries, and increasing the correct use of child safety seats, booster seats and safety belts – thanks in no small measure to the tireless dedication of NHTSA and its many partners in the child passenger safety community – more work needs to be done to protect child occupants who remain at heightened risk.
Safe Kids USA recommends these Top Tips on Booster Seats and Seat Belts:
- Use either a booster seat with the vehicle lap AND shoulder safety belts or a properly fitted seat belt
- Be sure your child passes the Safety Belt Fit Test before moving into the adult seat belt.
- Vehicle seat belts are designed to fit an average-sized adult. To get the best protection from a seat belt, children usually need a booster until they are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds. Many children will be between 8 and 12 years of age before they meet these heights and weights.
- For smaller pre-teens a booster seat may be needed to achieve a proper seat belt fit.
- A booster seat uses no harness and is not installed in the same way as car seats. They sit on the vehicle seat and are used to properly position the adult seat belt for an older child.
- Never place the shoulder belt under the child's arm or behind the child's back.
- Be sure all occupants wear safety belts correctly every time. Children learn from adult role models.
- Tell all drivers who transport your older, bigger child that booster seat use or seat belt is a must when your child is in their vehicles.
- Be sure your child buckles up in every vehicle, whether you are there or not.
The State of Missouri requires the following for Child Restraints;
- Under 4 years of age or under 40 pounds the child must be in a safety seat
- Ages 4 - 7 and 40 - 80 pounds and less than or equal to 4'9" the child must be in a safety seat or booster seat
- Over the age of 4 years of age, but great than or equal to 80 pounds or greater than 4'9", the child must be in a booster seat or safety belt, only if all safety restraints in use
- All riders under 16 years of age should ride in the rear seat
Central Jackson County Fire Protection District can install and check child passenger seats for residents of CJC: Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo, and areas of Jackson County within the CJCFPD boundries. To schedule an appointment call 816-229-2522 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
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