The Child Passenger Safety Program promotes proper safety seat use for children until they transition to the vehicle safety belt (from birth through nine to twelve years of age). Our goal is to increase risk awareness and correct safety seat usage through outreach and education. The program provides proper installation education and addresses the barriers that limit access to safety devices. To learn more about our initiatives and partners, click here.
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According to the seat safety manufacturer, Virginia law requires children to ride in a rear-facing safety seat until they reach the minimum weight limit for seat safety or until they are two years old.
The manufacturer specifies that newer seats, priced between 40-50 pounds, have increased weight and height restrictions if the seat is longer or until the child reaches two years old. Additionally, both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration suggest the use of a rear-facing child safety seat.
Do not ever put a rear-facing safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has a functioning passenger airbag.
When children outgrow their rear-facing safety seat, they should ride forward-facing in a child safety seat with a 5-point harness, as their weight or height limits the upper reach they have until they reach the seat back.
It is optimal to utilize a 5-point restraint system for as long as the safety chair permits.
3. Enhancer Chair.
According to the laws of Virginia, children are required to use a safety seat until the age of seven, and until they reach the age of eight. Once children outgrow their forward-facing safety seat, they should transition to a booster seat in the back seat, until they are able to properly fit the vehicle seat belt.
Kids should keep using a booster seat until the seat belt fits them correctly.
4. Safety Belt.
When the seat belt fits correctly, the child’s knees ought to flex over the boundary of the vehicle seat cushion and their feet should be positioned level on the ground. Typically, children are able to accommodate the seat belt once they surpass the need for a booster seat.
The kid is seated with their posterior against the chair and not slumping.
The seatbelt rests across their chest. It does not cross their neck or slide off their shoulder.
The lap strap fits securely and comfortably around the hips, making contact with the upper thighs.