The Child Passenger Safety Outreach and Education Program provides community education and general information about child passenger safety including:
- Proper use and installation of child safety seats.
- Trainings for health care and teaching professionals, community service program staff, childcare providers and parents.
- Referrals to community programs that provider child safety seats for low-income families.
Children must be properly secured in a child passenger restraint system
(car seat/booster) IN THE BACK SEAT until at least 8 years.
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Five Point Safety Test for Proper Safety Belt Use
Most children do not fit properly in a seat belt until at least 8 years of age or 4’9” tall. For this reason, parents and caregivers should do a simple 5-point test on all children before graduating them out of a booster seat to the lap-shoulder belt.
- Can the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
- Do the child’s knees bend comfortably over the front edge of the auto seat?
- Does the lap belt fit low on the hips, touching the thighs?
- Does the shoulder belt fit securely and comfortably between the neck and shoulder?
- Can the child stay seated like this for the entire trip?
- The back seat is the safest place for all passengers, especially for children under 13 years.
- Airbags and children do not mix! Never, under any circumstances, put a rear-facing seat in front of an active airbag.
- Keep babies/toddlers rear-facing until they are about 2 years old for better crash protection.
Always check the car seat instructions for weight/height limits and installation procedures. If you have questions regarding the proper installation and use of child passenger safety seats, or would like to set up an appointment to have your child safety seat checked or for a group training or presentation, please call (831) 454-5477 or 454-4317.
Child passenger safety program sites within Santa Cruz County