A child under six years whose, weight does not exceed 40 pounds must be properly secured in a child car seat.
All child passengers must be secured in an approved and properly used child safety seat, which is used and installed according to your vehicle and car seat manufacturer’s instructions.
It is the driver’s legal responsibility to ensure that each passenger under the age of 16 years is properly secured in the vehicle. Drivers are subject to a fine for each child not properly secured.
If a child safety seat has been involved in a collision, replace it immediately. The force of a car accident may cause certain safety features to malfunction, possibly resulting in car seat failure and child injuries in the next accident.
The safest place for a child under 12 years is the back seat. Never put a child in the front seat of a vehicle.
Airbags and Children
If your vehicle is equipped with a passenger front-seat air bag with no shut off switch:
- Never install a rear facing child safety seat in the front seat.
- Children under the age of 12 should be seated in the back.
Things You Must Know
Universal Anchorage System (UAS) and Lower Anchorage and Tethers for children (LATCH): UAS/LATCH is a standardized system that makes installing a safety seat easier. When the UAS/LATCHis used a seat belt is not required. It has two parts; two lower anchors and one top tether in your vehicle and two UAS/LATCH attachments on the child safety seat and a top tether for the forward facing seats.
Locking Clip: A locking clip is required with a continuous loop seat belt or when the slotted attachment of a seat belt is free floating.
Tethering. All forward facing child safety seats must be secured by a top tether strap. The tether strap prevents the seat from moving forward in a collision. Refer to the child safety seat instructions and to your vehicle owners manual, or a vehicle dealership, for information on where and how to install thetether anchor.
|Tether Anchors: Some vehicles are equipped with user ready tether anchors identified by the following symbol.|
- Not securing a forward facing child safety seat with a tether strap and proper anchor
- Not using the appropriate child safety seat for the weight of the child.
- Not having the child safety seat secured tight enough by the vehicle seat belt or UAS/LATCH
- Not putting the chest clip at armpit level
- Not having the internal harness snug
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