Child Seat Safety

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 08:49

 

It is important that all children are buckled up, in the appropriate car seats, booster seats, or seat belts. Taking proper precautions drastically reduces the risk of serious or fatal injury.  Children under 12 should always be in the back seat, and no child should ever be seated in front of an airbag.

Parents should check seat's the owner's manual for installation instructions, as well as height/weight restrictions, and directions for proper use.  Children should be buckled up each time a vehicle is in motion, even on short trips.  Additionally, it is important for adults to set a good example by always wearing their own seat belt.

Many agencies, including the Pullman Police Department, offer free child seat safety checks. Call to make an appointment:  (509) 334-0802.  Other area agencies that provide this service include the Pullman Fire DepartmentMoscow Police Department and Success By 6 of the Palouse.

SeatCheck.org offers important safety tips for keeping your child safe during travel.  Find more information about Washington law related to child seats here.

Has your child's seat been recalled?  Check here!  

Child Seat Safety & The Law
Washington State RCW 46.61.687

Child Seat Safety

The Pullman Police Department has its own certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and provides complimentary car seat checks for all stages of child restraint.  The sole purpose of this program is to help reduce the incidence of the improper installation of car seats. 

 

It is important for all children to buckle up in the appropriate car seats for their stage of growth.  There are many types of child restraints including infant seats, convertible seats, combination seats, booster seats, and seat belts.  Using a proper child restraint drastically reduces the risk of serious or fatal injury.

Parents should read the car seat manual to familiarize themselves with installation instructions, height/weight restrictions, and other directions for proper use.  The vehicle owner’s manual is a great resource for information on how to obtain the best fit for each car seat in that vehicle.  Children should be properly restrained each time a vehicle is in motion, even on short trips.  It is also important for adults to set a good example by always wearing their own seat belt.

Many agencies, including the Pullman Police Department, offer free child passenger safety checks.

Useful Links:
Recalls
safekids.org
nhtsa.gov
seatcheck.org

 

Local Child Restraint Laws:

Idaho 49-672

Washington RCW 46.61.687

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Child passenger safety checks are available by appointment, which ensures that the proper materials are provided by the parent, and ample time is set aside for a thorough check.  It is rare to find a previously installed child restraint without one or more areas of misuse needing correction.  If there is any question of whether your child restraint is properly installed, or if you have other child restraint questions, call the Pullman Police Department at 509-334-0802 to schedule an appointment or talk with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Other area agencies that provide this service include the Pullman Fire DepartmentMoscow Police Department and Success by 6 of the Palouse.

 

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