number of children injured in car accidents each year is staggering.
Often these injuries could have been prevented by the use of a properly
installed child safety seat. The American Automobile Association,
in conjunction with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
has established a program aimed at increasing child safety seat
awareness, reducing injuries and saving lives.
The Winter Park Police Department
offers free child safety seat installation and inspection by appointment
only. Simply call the Special Operations Division at (407) 599-3313
to set up an appointment and one of our certified inspectors will
make sure that your car seat is properly installed and safe for
We look forward to helping you and
your children travel more safely and enjoyably.
Car crashes are the number one killer
of children. Eighty percent of children riding in child safety seats
are at risk because they are not buckled in properly. Your child
may be one of them. Don’t take a chance.
- Safety seat not tightly secured
in vehicle (moves more than 1" at seat belt path)
- Harness straps too loose
- Safety seat facing the wrong direction
- Seat belt not properly locked with
locking clip, seat belt retractor or locking latch plate
- Safety seat recalled or involved
in a crash
- Child not appropriate size and/or
age for the safety seat
- Infant seat in the path of an air
- Child moved into seat belt instead
of booster seat
10 Child Seat Safety Tips
- Infants must always be placed in rear-facing
seats until they are at least one year old and 20-22 lbs.
- If less than a year old and more than 20-22 lbs.,
be sure they ride in a seat approved for heavier babies and continue
to ride rear-facing until at least one year old. Children may
ride rear-facing in many seats up to 35 lbs.
- Remember: Never place a rear-facing infant seat
in front of a passenger air bag.
- Once children are forward-facing, they should
ride in a forward-facing seat (toddler seat) until they reach
approximately 40 lbs.
- All children who have outgrown child safety seats
should be properly restrained in booster seats until at least
8 years old, unless they are 4’9” tall.
- Old/used child safety seats should not be used
unless you are certain they have never been in a crash and you
have all the parts (including instructions). Seats six years old
or older should be discarded and never used. To check if your
safety seat has been recalled, log on to www.seatcheck.org.
- Always read both the vehicle owner’s manual
and the instructions that come with the child safety seat.
- Children of all ages are safest when properly
restrained in the back seat.
- It’s important to remember that the “best”
child safety seat is the one that correctly fits the child, the
vehicle, and is used correctly every time.
- Get your child safety seats checked!