car seat inspections - Central Racine County Health Department

FREE CAR SEAT
INSPECTIONS
Car seats can be checked for:
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Correct installation
•
Appropriate seat for child
•
Harness straps and other
features of the seat
•
Recalls or other safety issues
Call (262) 898-4460 for more
information or to make an
appointment.
Central Racine County Health
Department
10005 Northwestern Avenue
US Bank, 2nd Floor
Franksville, WI 53126
Phone: (262) 898-4460
Fax: (262) 898-4490
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 AM – 4:30 PM
For more information:
www.seatcheck.org
www.safekids.org
www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS
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12/01/2017
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BUCKLE UP
IT IS THE LAW
As of June 1st, 2006, it is Wisconsin
law (Wisconsin Statute 347.48(4)) that
children must be properly restrained in
a child safety seat until they reach age
4 and in a booster seat until age 8.
The law includes the following four
step progression for effective child
safety protection in vehicles.
1. Rear-facing child safety seat in the
back seat is required when the
child:
• Is less than one year of age
• Weighs less than 20 pounds
2. Forward-facing child safety seat in
the back seat is required when the
child:
• Is at least 1 year of age but less
than 4 years old
• Weighs at least 20 pounds but
less than 40 pounds
3. Booster seat is required when the
child:
• Is at least 4 years of age but less
than 8 years old
• Weighs at least 40 pounds but
less than 80 pounds
• Is not 57-inches (4-feet, 9inches) or taller
4. Safety belt is required when the
child:
• Is 8 years of age or older or
• Weighs 80 or more pounds or
WHAT SHOULD PARENTS EXPECT
DURING THEIR SAFETY SEAT
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
Child safety seats can reduce the risk of a
potentially fatal injury and are the best method for
protecting your child when traveling in a car. In
addition to the requirements listed in Wisconsin
law, the American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends that all infants and toddlers should
ride in a rear facing safety seat until they are 2
years of age or until they reach the highest weight
or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer.
Child safety seats must be installed correctly and
the child restrained properly for them to be
effective. While 96 percent of parents and
caregivers believe their child safety seats are
installed correctly, research shows that seven out
of 10 children are improperly restrained.
What are the most common child safety seat
installation mistakes?
• Not using the right child safety seats for a
child's size and age
• Not placing the child safety seat in the correct
direction
• Incorrect installation of the child safety seat in
relation to the vehicle's air bags
• Incorrect installation and tightness of the child
safety seat to the vehicle seat
• Not securing/tightening the child safety seat's
harness and crotch straps
• Improper use of locking clips for certain
vehicle safety belts
• Not making sure the vehicle's seat belts fit
properly across the child when using a booster
seat
• Using a defective or broken child safety seat
*Source: National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA)
Certified technicians will conduct the child
safety seat inspection, and it should only
take about 20-30 minutes, depending on
the seat and the vehicle. The certified
technician will:
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Check the child safety seat to see that
it has been properly installed
•
Inspect the child safety seat for
damage
•
Diagnose problems
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Ensure the child safety seat is not a
recalled model
•
Ensure the child safety seat is
appropriate for the size and age of the
child
•
Teach the vehicle owner the correct
procedure to properly and safely install
the child safety seat in the vehicle
•
Show the parent or caregiver how to
secure the child in the child safety seat
•
Discuss other vehicles and child safety
seats they own, and provide instructions to repeat the correct procedure
with other seats or when installing the
seat in other cars
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