According to Safe Kids Connecticut, only 1 out of 5 car seats in Connecticut are used properly. At Educational Playcare, we care about the wellness of our students and their families. That’s why Wellness is one of our Core Values and why this week, we want to speak about car seat safety. Safe Kids Worldwide states that although motor vehicle injures are the leading cause of death in children, the risk of death is reduced by 71% with the proper use of a car seat. On October 1st, 2017, new laws went into effect in Connecticut, which increased the weight and age requirements to help keep children safe while in cars. These laws have been put into effect to ensure that children are appropriately restrained to avoid being seriously injured in the event of a car accident.
If you are curious about how to best keep your children safe while they are traveling in a car, we suggest ensuring you are familiar with your state’s laws. Below are the current CT laws regarding child passenger safety.
- Children must remain rear-facing until they are 2 years old and weigh 30 pounds.
- Children must remain in a 5-point harness seat one until they are 5 years old and weigh 40 pounds.
- Children must remain in a booster seat until they are 8 years old and weigh 60 pounds.
- Children, tweens, and teens must be in a seat belt whenever they ride in a vehicle.
Those who do not comply with the car seat laws will be fined and will have to take a two-hour educational class about car seat safety through the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation recommends that families do their research and purchase a car seat that meets the needs of their child’s current size and age. It’s also important for families to keep in mind that the car seat they choose also needs to be the right fit for the vehicle they own. Once a car seat is purchased, it is important to register it and sign up for safety updates including recall notices.
To ensure that your children are safe, you are encouraged to have a local car seat technician install the car seat, or once you’ve installed it yourself, have it checked to verify that it has been installed correctly by visiting any fitting station in Connecticut. Child Passenger Safety Technicians are certified to install car seats and are able to educate families regarding child passenger safety.
For more information about child passenger safety or to find a fitting station near you, visit Safe Kids Connecticut.