Car Seat Safety

As the school year continues,  parents/guardians are suddenly aware of how quickly their children are growing up! As of January 2014 NH Law requires that children ride in an appropriate seat until they are 7 years of age or 57 inches tall (whichever comes first). Using a child safety seat with a harness or a booster seat will meet this requirement.

When is your child ready to use only the vehicle seat belt?

  • 1. Can your child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat?
  • 2. Do your child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat?
  • 3. Does the lap belt cross the shoulder between the neck and the arm?
  • 4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs? 5. Can the child stay seated for the whole trip?

If you answered NO to any of these questions, as much as your child wishes, they are not ready to use only the vehicle seatbelt. Kids in a booster seat or other child safety seat can see out the window and are usually more comfortable too! Want to learn more about car seat safety including infant car seat installation? Visit these sites:

  • Safekids.org
  • chadkids.org
  • safercar.gov/parents

The Barrington Fire & Police Department have certified car seat techs. Call 603-664-7679 or 664-2241 to set up an appointment for a free inspection or more information.

FACT:
According to NHTSA, children seated in a booster seat in the back seat of the car are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than children using a seat belt alone.

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