DID YOU KNOW?
North Carolina Child Passenger Safety Law dictates that a properly used child
restraint device is required if the child is less than 8 years old AND weighs less than 80 pounds. The child must be within the weight range for the child restraint/booster seat and it must meet Federal standards in effect at time of manufacture. Refer to www.buckleupnc.org for further info on North Carolina laws.
NHTSA's 4 Steps for Kids
All children should ride in the back seat until at least age 12 but how do you choose the correct restraint for each stage of your child's development? Follow the www.nhtsa.gov and www.safecar.gov guidelines below.
Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.
Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.
Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there.
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTHCARE NEEDS:
• May need specialized car seats based on their medical needs.
• Should ride rear facing as long as possible if they have poor trunk or head control.
• Do not add anything to car seat for support or positioning that is not supported by the car seats manufacturer.
• Caregivers should ask child's physician or physical therapist for help in selecting a car seat for their child.
GET HELP WITH INSTALLING YOUR CAR SEAT
Durham County EMS
Bethesda Fire Dept.
Parkwood Fire Dept.
Chapel Hill Fire Dept.
226 Milton Road
Durham, NC 27712
1724 S. Miami Blvd
Durham, NC 27703
1409 Seaton Road
Durham, NC 27713
403 MLK Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
100 Morrisville-Carpenter Rd.
Morrisville, NC 27560
301 W. Main St
Carrboro, NC 27510
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If you need assistance with a car seat installation at a location other than the ones listed above, please visit this website to search for other providers: National CPS Seat Check Locations
WELCOME BABY CLASSES
Welcome Baby provides free classes on correct use and installation of infant/toddler and booster car seats. These classes are offered in English and Spanish. Families who complete the class are eligible to purchase seats at a significantly discounted price based on income. For more information on Welcome Baby and their Car Seat Safety Program, visit their website: Welcome Baby and their Car Seat Safety Program.