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How to Make Sure You're Meeting Child Safety Seat Regulations


Child safety seat regulations vary from state to state and it is best to check with your local National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offices.  In Florida, it is compulsory for children under 3 years old to use child seats, while in Texas, children that are less than 3 feet tall must use the appropriate child seat. When you're in California, child safety seat usage is usually based on the child's weight.

Checklist for Child Safety Seat Regulations

Many parents often take it for granted and children, usually aged 4 to 6, are at risk. These children are often allowed to ride in the front seat using the regular adult's shoulder-harness seatbelt. Here's how to meet your state's child safety seat regulations.

  • Always follow the instructions provided by the seat manufacturer regarding its installation and use.
  • Find the right seat that is appropriate for your child's weight and height.
  • Secure the child in the seat correctly. Check if the harness straps are snugly fit into place.
  • Do not let children sit near active air bags.
  • For forward-facing child car seats, use tether straps.
  • Children less than 13 years old are safest when they're positioned in the back seat.
  • In buying new child car seats, be cautious of pre-owned seats because they may already have defects. Buy new ones instead or from someone you know. Make sure that the seats you bought are not older than 10 years, have no worn-out or torn-out harnesses, no discolorations and have not been in a collision. Check for the necessary hardware that accompanies it as well.

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