Child Safety Seat Check
The National SAFE KIDS Campaign recommends that whenever
possible, children ages 12 and under ride in the back seat of a
vehicle. And the safest position for a safety seat, if it can be
properly secured, is the center of the back seat.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to
keep children in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or as long as
they fit within the height and weight limits of the car seat, and a
rear-facing safety seat should never be placed in a vehicle seat
equipped with an air bag.
- At one year and 20 pounds, a child can ride in a forward-facing
seat equipped with internal harnesses.
- When a child reaches the height and weight limit of his
forward-facing seat (as prescribed by the manufacturer), he should
ride in a belt-positioning booster seat, to be used in combination
with an adult lap and shoulder belt.
A child is ready for an adult safety belt with no booster
- He can sit against the back of the seat and bend his knees over
- The lap belt makes good contact low over his hips.
- The shoulder belt makes good contact across his chest and
Common Misuse of Child Safety Seats and the Consequences
Misuse: Vehicle's seat belt is not
correctly routed through the child safety seat belt path.
Consequences: Child seat may not be held securely
during a crash allowing contact with interior surfaces.
Misuse: Harness retainer clip improperly used
(improperly threaded and set below armpit level.)
Consequences: Harness straps can slip off
shoulders allowing movement during a crash.
Misuse: Harness straps not tight enough and
harness straps worn and frayed.
Consequences: Looseness in the child safety seat
restraint system results in compounding crash forces experienced by
the child. Higher crash forces mean more severe injuries!
Child Safety Seat Checks
Off-duty Tulsa Police Officers, in conjunction with
the Tulsa Safe Kids Coalition, and other volunteers provided free
car seat inspections. The volunteers inspect child restraint
systems to insure they are properly installed.