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 |
Child passenger safety program sites within Santa Cruz
Passenger Safety Outreach and Education Program provides community education and general information about child passenger
- Proper use and installation of child safety
- 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.
here for more information
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
Five Point Safety
for proper safety
- 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?
If the answer to any of the above test
questions is NO,
the child is NOT ready to be safely transported in the seat belt only,
and should continue to ride in a booster or other appropriate child
Click here for a printable copy of the 5-step test.
REMEMBER these important safety points:
- The back seat is the safest
place for all passengers, especially for children under
- 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
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
Safe Kids Chapter of Santa Cruz County is a local group whose mission is to reduce motor
vehicle related deaths and injuries among children in Santa Cruz County,
through public education, advocacy and child passenger safety programs
for Safe Kids Santa Cruz County is the Health Services Agency, and
affiliate agencies include local fire and law enforcement departments,
hospitals, family service organizations, health and child care providers
and other professionals and individuals.
For more information about Safe Kids and local child passenger
safety efforts, please call 454-5477.
Check out these web sites for more
information on child passenger safety: