City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Car Seat Safety Program

The Upper Arlington Fire Division is hosting another car seat safety check: Saturday, June 23 from 10 am- 1 pm at Fire Station 72. The Fire Division encourages residents to schedule an appointment by calling the Fire Division at 614-583-5100, but drive-ups are always welcome.

Nine out of ten car seats have some error with installation that can result in a child not surviving a crash. Car seat safety checks make it possible to assist parents with car seat installation and problem car seats, ensuring that children are safe for every car ride.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, there are several things a parent or caregiver can do (other than using appropriate infant and toddler seats) that can help ensure the safety of children who are roughly 4-8 years old:

  • Use the harnessed car seat until the child is at least 40 pounds
  • Use a booster seat for children over 40 pounds to 80-100 pounds and 4'9" in height. Continue to use the booster seat until the safety belt fits property on the shoulder and hips
  • Require all children sit in a back seat until they are 13 years old
  • Make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a safety belt or is in a proper restraint every time on every trip

Tips on how to test if your child is appropriate for safety belt use alone:

  • Have the child sit on vehicle seat with his or her back and bottom against the vehicle seat back
  • Check to see if knees bend at vehicle seat edge and feet touch the floor (optimally)
  • Fasten safety belt across hip and shoulders. Check to be sure lap belt stays on hips and shoulder belt lies on the collarbone or shoulder
  • The child should be able to maintain that position for the entire ride

If any of these items cannot be done, then a booster seat is the way to go. This information is important not only in the daily transportation of children, but also for field trips and carpooling.

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