Do You Know the Infant Car Seat Guidelines for Your State?Diana Stone
Maybe you’re expecting or just had a baby. Maybe you’ve moved. Maybe you travel a lot on the road with the kids. Whatever the case, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your child is buckled in appropriately for the state you’re driving in.
With all the new recommendations on weight, height, age, rear facing, forward, etc — how do you find out about what’s the law?
All 50 states require that infants be placed in an age appropriate car seat. Most also require them to be rear facing, which is by far the safest choice for children until two or until they exceed the height/weight limit of the car seat in rear facing mode. This info can be found on the car seat or on the manufacture’s website.
To find the laws and recommendations for your state, the Governors Highway Safety Association lists each law, the fines of a first offense, and when a child is legally allowed to wear an adult seat belt.The very best choice is to leave your child rear facing until the weight/height limits.
Safe Kids USA has a page where you can find a car seat check up event locally. Take this time to ask experts on what the laws are for the ages of children you have and make sure the seats are installed correctly.
Even when states are lax on laws (as of this writing Florida and South Dakota lack booster seat regulations) it doesn’t mean you have to be. Your best bet is to find the states with the strictest laws and base your car seating situation off those.
Yes, it’s extra work and time. Yes, it can be a bit confusing at first. These sites make it easier to find the safest solution for your car rides. Peace of mind as your little ones bop each other on the head in the back and you wonder why you passed up the model with the DVD player is worth more than having everyone buckled in improperly.
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Diana blogs on raising a toddler daughter, the loss of her twin boys, and their families’ Korean adoption on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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