Many states require that passengers that are under the age of five must be secured in the appropriate child restraint system.

Child Safety Seat Guidelines

It is important for parents or legal guardians to always read and follow the child safety seat and manufacturer’s instructions for installation and weight/height guidelines.

Newborn-12 months
Children weighing less than 20 pounds and under age 1 should ride in a rear facing infant car seat or a convertible seat used rear facing.
• A rear facing safety seat should never be installed in front of an active airbag.

• A rear facing safety seat should be installed to recline 30-45 degrees.

• While in a rear facing safety seat, a child’s head must be at least one inch below the top of the seat.

• Use the harness straps/slots in the safety seat at or below shoulder level of the child when rear facing.

• Harness straps in the safety seat must be snug on the child; the harness clip (clip on safety seat that goes across the child’s chest) should be at armpit level.

Ages 1-5
Children should remain in a rear facing safety seat until age 2, or until the upper weight or height limits of the seat have been met. When a child out grows a rear facing safety seat, they may transition to a forward facing seat with a harness system.
• Use the internal harness system of the safety seat until the upper weight or height limit has been reached.

• Use harness straps/slots in the safety seat at or above shoulder level when forward facing.

• Harness straps of the safety seat needs to be snug on the child; the harness clip should be at armpit level.

• When in a forward facing safety seat the top of the child’s ears should not be above the top seat.

Ages 5-8
Children should be secured in a forward facing safety seat with the internal harness system of the safety seat until they reach the upper weight or height limit allowed by the manufacturer. When the child outgrows the forward facing seat, they may transition to a belt positioning booster seat. Arizona law requires a child who is 80 pounds and less than four feet nine inches to be placed in a booster seat while riding in a vehicle.
• Booster seats must be used with the vehicle’s shoulder and lap belt, not just a lap belt.

• The lap belt needs to lie low across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should rest snugly across the shoulder and chest, not across the neck or face.

• If the booster seat has a back, the top of the child’s ears should not be above the top of the back seat.

• If using a backless booster seat, the vehicle’s head restraint must be positioned properly.

• When the booster seat is not in use, make sure that the seat is secured with the vehicle’s seat belt.

Assistance with Installation

Arizona:
Click here for a list of places to receive help with car seat safety requirements, installation and recall information.

Colorado:
Click here for a list of places to receive help with car seat safety requirements, installation and recall information.

California:
Click here for a list of places to receive help with car seat safety requirements, installation and recall information.

With the 2017, “Click It Or Ticket” week drawing near (May 22-June 4) do your part in following your state’s seat belt laws and helping to save lives.