Child Car Seats are Required by Law
Today in the United States around 1000 infants and children will be injured in auto crashes – some fatally. Research has shown that properly installed car seats can dramatically reduce the risk of serious injury for children in a crash.
Do you wonder if yours is correctly installed?
Ohio’s law requires all children to ride in a car seat until they are both 4 years of age and weigh at least 40 pounds*; and in a booster seat until they are 8 years or 4’9″ in height. When child seats are used the right way, they are 71% effective in reducing the risk of death to children from a crash. However, studies show that four out of five car seats are used or installed incorrectly.
* 4 years & 40 lbs are the minimum requirements. Children are safest when they remain in the 5-point harness to it’s maximum weight limit (printed on the side of most car seats).
Jackson Township offers Car Seat Checks. Please call 875-5588, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your Car Seat Check. You will be advised to bring your child along, if possible, as well as your vehicle and car seat manuals. Jackson Township does not provide car seats.
The Columbus Health Department offers low cost convertible car seats and booster seats to families in Franklin County. If you are a resident of Franklin County and need a car seat, please contact:
Car Seat Hotline at 614-645-7748
This program is designed to provide car seats, at a reduced cost, to families in need.
Booster Seats and Seat Belts
- Your children don’t wear your clothes (unless they are playing dress-up).
- Your children don’t drive your car (until they reach an appropriate age).
- Your children don’t go to high school (until they finish grade school).
- Your children don’t wear your seat belt (until it fits).
When can your kids use a seat belt?
Ohio law now requires that children under 8 years old, or who are not yet 4′ 9″ in height, use a belt-positioning booster seat with a lap/ shoulder seat belt. A booster seat raises the child’s seated height which allows the belt system to comfortably and safely rest across their body. Use these six steps to determining if it is okay to move your child out of a child safety seat.
Does it fit?
- Does your child sit with their back against the vehicle seat?
- If so, does your child’s knee bend comfortably around the vehicle seat edge?
- Do your child’s feet touch the floor?
- Does the seat belt rest on the shoulder (not on the face or upper arm)?
- Does the lap portion of the belt stay low on the hips?
- Can your child ride comfortably in this position for the whole trip?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, your child needs a booster seat to safely use the seat belt. Placing the shoulder belt behind the back or under the arm, slouching in the seat to touch the floor, and problems with the shoulder belt in the face, are all indications that your child needs a booster seat. Boosters are designed to correctly position your child for proper seat belt fit.