Child Passenger Safety Week is September 12-18th. Lakewood Fire District 2 and Safe Kids Pierce County would like to provide parents with information to prevent their children from being injured in a motor vehicle crash. All children ages 12 and under should be properly restrained in the back seat on every ride.
Choose and use correctly the right restraint for your child:
- Infants should ride in rear-facing car seats as long as possible, until they are at least 12 months old and weigh at least 20 pounds. Keep children rear-facing to 30-35 pounds if your car seat allows it.
- Children who are at least 1 year old, weigh 20 to 40 pounds and can no longer ride rear-facing should ride in forward-facing car seats secured with harnesses.
- Children more than 40 pounds should be correctly secured in belt-positioning booster seats or other appropriate child restraints until the adult lap and shoulder belts fit correctly (usually around age 8 and when the child is about 4’9” tall).
Any car seat must be installed and used according to the manufacturer’s instructions and vehicle owner’s manual.
- Check www.recalls.gov for car seat recalls.
- Return the product registration forms for all new car seats to the manufacturer to ensure you will be notified of any recalls.
- Only use a seat with all parts, instructions and labels.
- Check www.nhtsa.dot.gov to see if a car seat that has been in a crash passes NHTSA’s test for continued use.
Obey all traffic laws, including those for child restraint use. Washington State Law is as follows:
- Children ages 7 and under must use an appropriate child safety seat.
- Children ages 8 or older, or 4’9″ in height or taller can be restrained by a safety belt or an appropriate child safety seat.
- Children ages 12 and under should sit in the back seat when practical.
Please drive safely and remember to properly restrain your children in the vehicle on every car ride no matter how far you are driving. If you have questions or need help installing your seat please contact Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Center for Childhood Safety at 253-403-1234 or Lakewood Fire District 2 at 253-582-4600.