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Car Seat Safety

April 10 2013

According to Florida State Statute 316.613, every operator of a motor vehicle, while transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall, if the child is 5 years of age or younger, provide for protection of the child by properly using a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device.  For children aged through 3 years, such restraint device must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a seat belt may be used.  

  • Children 12 and under should ride buckled up in a rear seat.
  • Infants in rear facing child safety seats should NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger side air bag.
  • Small children should ride in a rear seat in child safety seats approved for their age and size.
  • If a child over one year old must ride in the front seat with a passenger side air bag, put the child in a front facing child safety seat — AND move the seat as far back as possible.

You can visit http://www.safercar.gov/parents/carseats.htm for more safety information on car seats.

                                                     
If you would like an officer to inspect the installation of your car seat, you can contact the Winter Garden Police Department Traffic Unit at 407.656.3636 to make an appointment with an officer who is certified in inspecting car seat installation.
 


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