Child Safety Seat Inspections
Wisconsin law provides that all persons transporting children under the age of four in motor vehicles must have them properly restrained in a child car safety seat. Four to under eight year olds must be restrained in the vehicle safety belt or a car safety seat.The proper standards for these restraints and their placement are:
* Rear-facing until 12 months and 20 lbs. It is best to keep them in a rear facing seat as long as possible, as long as the car seat allows, usually about the age of 2.
* In a harness seat until 4 years old and 40 lbs. It is best to keep them in a harness seat as long as the seat allows, which may be beyond the age of 4.
* In a booster seat until 8 years old or 4’9”. It is best to keep them in a booster seat as long as possible and the seat allows, which may be beyond the age of 8.
* In a seat belt after that.
Everest Metro certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, Officer Leah Long provides proper advice and assistance to parents and caregivers who want to learn how to safely transport children by using the appropriate child safety seat.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for a child safety seat inspection, contact Officer Long at 715-359-4202
Child safety seat checks conducted every first Wednesday of the month between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Birthing Center entrance, sponsored by Safe Kids Wausau Area.
Also, every third Wednesday of the month between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, and again between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM at Yach's Body and Custom of Wausau, sponsored by Safe Kids Wausau Area.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia presents Keeping Kids Safe During Crashes: Every Child Deserves a Safe Ride
Click here to visit the CHP's Child Passenger Safety multimedia web page and find out what you need to know about choosing and safely installing the best type of car seat for your children.
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