Child Car Seat Safety Program
Free Car Seat Checks
We have certified technicians available by appointment every day to make sure that your child seat is safely installed.
Call us to schedule your free car seat inspection at 386-575-6901
We want to make sure your child's car seat is installed properly. Our Child Passenger Safety technicians are certified through the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Program and put their knowledge to work by conducting child safety seat checks while providing parents and caregivers with an educational session. You'll be given hands-on assistance for proper installation of the seat, use of child restraint systems and safety belts.
During our safety inspection we inspect for:
- Proper sizing of seat and restraints
- Defects and age of seat
- Proper installation of the seat
Always read the child car seat manufacture's instructions on sizing and limitations of seats. Children over 8 years of age, over 80 pounds and taller than 4'9" can use the lap and shoulder belts if they have proper fit. Our child passenger technicians will explain proper fit.
Children under 13 should not ride in the front. The back seat is always the safest place.
Are You Using the Proper Seat?
As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure you use a car seat that fits your child's current size and age.
Remember not all car seats fit in all vehicles. Test the car seat you are purchasing and ensure it is the correct fit for your child and vehicle.
Florida Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Law
Florida state law requires that children under age 5 be protected with an approved and properly used child restraint device. For children under the age of 3, Florida law requires that they be in a separate car seat or a car seat that is integrated into the vehicle. Parents and caregivers should be aware that children ages 4 or 5 who exceed 40 pounds should be using a booster seat in conjunction with an adult lap and shoulder belt until they reach 4'9" tall. An adult seatbelt alone will not properly restrain a child.
Types of Car Seats
There are 4 types of car seats:
- Infant Car Seat (Rear-Facing only): Designed for newborns and small babies, the infant-only car seat is a small, portable seat that can only be used rear-facing. Babies usually outgrow their infant car seats by 8 or 9 months. When that happens, we recommend that parents purchase a convertible or all-in-one car seat and use it rear-facing.
- Convertible Seat: As a child grows, this seat can change from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat with a harness and tether. Because it can be used with children of various sizes, it allows for children to stay in the rear-facing position longer.
- Combination Seat: As a child grows, this seat transitions from a forward-facing seat with a harness and tether into a booster.
- All-in-One Seat: This seat can change from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat (with a harness and tether) and to a booster seat as a child grows. Because it can be used with children of various sizes, it allows for children to stay in the rear-facing position longer.
- The best seat for your young child to use. It has a harness and, in a crash, cradles and moves with your child to reduce the stress to the child's fragile neck and spinal cord.
- Weight: under 20 pounds
- Height: under 26 inches
- Has a harness and tether that limits your child's forward movement during a crash.
- Weight: under 40 pounds but over 20 pounds
- Child's head is level with or below the top of the child seat.
- Top of the child's shoulders should always be below the harness slots on seat.
- Positions the seat belt so that it fits properly over the stronger parts of your child's body.
- Booster seats can also come with a high back. They boost the child's height so the seat belt fits properly while providing neck and head support; ideal for vehicles that don't have head rests or high seat backs.
- Weight: over 40 pounds
- Height: under 4 feet 9 inches
- Approximately 4 to 8 years of age
- Should lie across the upper thighs and be snug across the shoulder and chest to restrain your child safely in a crash. It should not rest on the stomach area or across the neck or face.
- Harnesses need to be very snug at all times. One to two fingers should fit snugly between thee harness and the child's collar bone. The harness clip should be positioned across the center of the child's chest at armpit level.