Child safety is becoming ever increasingly important. With auto accidents being the number one cause of child death in the country it’s no laughing matter, nor be taken lightly.
Responsibility- Did you know that in the state of Washington, the driver is responsible for making sure everyone in the car is properly secured?
Infants- infants ages 0-12 months must ride in a rear facing car seats until they have reached 1-2 years old and/or at least 30-35 lbs.
Toddlers- Once children are over one year old and at least 30 lbs they can sit in the car seat forward facing.
Preschoolers- This age group ranges from 3-5 years old who have outgrown their car seat. Once they outgrow the limits of their car seat they can upgrade to a booster seat.
Youth- Youth ages 6 to 16 years must abide by the laws associated with their age and height group. For example, children may not ride in the car without a booster seat until they have reached age eight or 4’9”. Once they reach these limits a “seat belt test” can be used to determine if they are ready. This can be found on the Washington DMV website www.dol.wa.gov .
After the child has reached age 16 or older they fall under normal Washington seat belt and safety laws.
We hope you found this educational. At the very least, a reminder of the laws that prevail in our great state regarding child safety and what you can do to keep your loved ones as safe as possible.
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