Child Safety Seats: Required by Law and Necessary for Safety
How important is a car seat? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is very important for a child’s safety. Traffic accident fatalities are the leading cause of death in children age 3 to 8 years old.
In 1971, the federal government established minimum standards for child safety seats and restraint systems to reduce the number of children killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes. These specific laws vary by state, and are frequently updated, but in general, children under age one must be in a child safety seat facing rearward, children over age one need to be in a child safety seat or booster seat until as old as age 8, and it is recommended that children under age 12 always ride in the backseat.
The NHSI recommends parents:
You can find a Child Car Seat Inspection Station near you at http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm. These inspection stations generally offer the service at no charge.
To learn more about your state’s laws, visit your state’s DMV web site or review the information in your state’s driver’s manual.