Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Tip-Child Safety Seats

California Vehicle Code section 27360(a) - a parent, legal guardian, or driver shall not transport on a highway in a motor vehicle, a child or ward who is under eight years of age, without properly securing that child in a rear seat in an appropriate child passenger restraint system meeting applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards.

What types of Safety Seats Should You Use?

1.       Rear-facing-only seat:
Fits until baby reaches maximum weight 22-35 lbs or head close to top edge
2.       Convertible safety seat:
Fits up to 30-45 lbs. rear facing, 40-85 lbs. forward facing.  Rear facing is required until age one, recommended until age 2.
3.       Forward-facing-only:
Most fit from 30 lbs. up to 40-90 lbs.  Child must be at least age one (recommended age 2).  Harness-only restraint systems may be used.
4.       Safety Booster Seat:
For children who outgrow safety seats with a harness.  Most children need a booster from about age 3 until at least age 10-12 for proper belt fit.  Remember, the seatbelt must form around the hips, not the stomach.

If you cannot afford or you have questions on how to install a safety seat, there are many distribution and training centers in Southern California that will assist you, free of charge.  To determine the closest center, you can contact (800) 745-SAFE (English), or (800) 747-SANO (Spanish).  You can also access the list through the link at the bottom of this page or contact your nearest police department.

Please be careful and drive safely.

Barry Miller
Officer Barry Miller
Arcadia Police Department

Traffic Bureau Officer 

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