CHILD CAR SEAT EDUCATION
Child car seats save lives, and are required by law. But three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly. We can help.
Free child car seat safety class
We know car seats can be confusing so we hope you will join us for our free car seat safety class where you will learn how to properly use your car seat from birth to the adult seat belt.
Classes are free, but you must register in advance.
Child car seat check ups by appointment
We provide free child car seat check ups with a certified child passenger safety technician. Request an appointment in advance, as we cannot accommodate drop-ins.
Plan ahead: appointments can be up to 2 weeks out.
No drop-ins. Appointment required.
Child Passenger Safety Basics
Revised car seat law begins Jan. 1, 2020
Children under the age of 2 must ride in a rear-facing car seat.
Children ages 2-4 must ride in a car seat rear or forward facing with a harness.
Children 4 and older must ride in a car or booster seat until they are 4 foot 9 inches tall.
Children under 13 must ride in the back seat.
South County Fire promotes car seat use according to the American Academy of Pediatrics best practice guidelines.
- Keep infants and toddlers in rear-facing seats until they are at least 2 years of age or reach the maximum weight and height limits allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
- When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats until they reach the upper weight or height limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
- Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should ride in booster seats until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, usually between age 8-12 years old.
- When children outgrow their booster seats, they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly.
- Children under age 13 must ride in the back seat.
Always read your child car seat owner’s manual and your vehicle owner’s manual for installation instructions. Also check out safercar.gov for information and resources.