Child Safety Seats


Allegany County Statistics and Solutions
About 60% of Allegany County residents use Child Safety Seats incorrectly. Child safety seat installation and related services are available each Tuesday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am by appointment only.

For more information, please call (301) 759-5123.

Maryland’s Child Passenger Safety Law

  • A child younger than six years (regardless of his or her weight) or who weighs 40 pounds or less (regardless of his or her age), must be secured in a child safety seat.
  • A person may not transport a child younger than 16, who wieghs more than 40 pounds, without being buckled in a child safety seat or a vehicle's seat belt in all seating positions in all vehicles.
  • A child younger than 16 years may not ride in an unenclosed cargo bed of a pick-up truck.

Using the Right Restraint to Save Kids' Lives
Brought to you by the Baltimore County Health Department

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age four to 14.
  • Keeping children safe on the road means putting them in the right restraint at the right age. Child Passenger Safety Technicians in Baltimore County are working to make sure parents and child care providers know and follow every one of the 4 Steps for Kids including the essential booster seat step that is often missed.

Securing your child in the right restraint for their age every time they ride in a motor vehicle is one of the most important things you can do to protect your child. There are many websites to help you use car seats correctly.
Here are some of the best -- listed by age group:

The 4 Steps for Kids are:

STEP 1
Rear-Facing Infant Seats in the back seat from birth to at least one year old and at least 20 pounds.
STEP 2
Forward-Facing Toddler Seats in the back seat from age one to about age four and 20 to 40 pounds.
STEP 3
Booster Seats in the back seat from about age four and 40 pounds to at least age eight, unless 4'9".
STEP 4
Safety Belts at age eight or older or taller than 4'9". All children 12 and under should ride in the back seat.

Step 1: Infants (from birth to at least 1 year of age)

  • Rear-facing infant seats
    Install your child safety seat properly with these instructions and illustrations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Rear-facing convertible seats
    Learn to install your rear-facing convertible seat with these instructions and examples from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Step 2: Toddlers & Children To About Four Years

  • Forward-facing convertible seats
    Learn to properly install your forward-facing convertible child safety seat using these instructions and illustrations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Forward-facing seats
    Learn to install your forward-facing child safety with these examples from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Step 3: Big Kids Who Need A Boost

  • Booster seats (Children From About Age Four Until At Least Age Eight or 4'9")

While most infants and toddlers ride in the right child safety seat, less than 10 percent of the children who should be in booster seats use one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that children who have outgrown child safety seats be properly restrained in booster seats in the back seat until they are at least eight years old, unless they are 4'9" tall.

A booster seat lifts a child up so a safety belt can fit correctly. Without a booster seat, in a crash, a small child can be ejected from a vehicle.

Step 4: Kids Who Are At Least 4'9" Tall (Usually Eight Or Older)

  • Kids in the back please!
  • Lap-shoulder seat belts
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration illustrates the proper use of the standard lap-shoulder belt.

Securing your child in the right restraint for their age every time they ride in a motor vehicle is one of the most important things you can do to protect your child.

There are many websites to help you use car seats correctly.
Here are some of the best:

www.nhtsa.dot.gov
www.carseat.org
www.safekids.org
www.mdkiss.org
www.aap.org
www.saferidenews.com


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