Car Seat Safety
Mother’s Day is a day in which we celebrate and honor our mothers and motherhood. Whether you are a first time Mom or a veteran, keeping your child safe while riding in a vehicle is top priority. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Florida Child Car Seat Safety Laws, “It is the responsibility of the supervising adult to ensure that any child under 5 years old is seated in a federally-approved child car seat.” As children grow and as laws change it is often difficult to always keep up with the car seat safety laws and regulations. There are many questions which come to mind when it comes to the safety of our children riding in a motor vehicle. Some of these questions may be:
- Do I have the right type of car seat for my child?
- Is my child ready to face forward in the car?
- Is my child ready for a booster seat?
- How long does my child have to use a booster seat?
- When is it safe for my child to sit in the front seat of the car?
- Is it safe to buy a used car seat?
- Is my child’s car seat installed correctly?
- Is my car seat placed in the right area of my car?
Florida Car Seat Laws
There are many websites and places you can go to obtain information needed to ensure that you are following the car seat safety laws. Some websites which can help answer these questions are as follows:
- The Department of Motor Vehicle website – http://www.dmv.org/fl-florida/safety-laws.php
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Safety.htm
- Healthy Children – https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx
- Safe Kids Worldwide – https://www.safekids.org/car-seat
- AAA Safe Seats 4 Kids – http://safeseats4kids.aaa.com/car-seat-guide/
As with any product on the market, there are chances of defective parts and recalls. In fact, the manufacturer Evenflo has recently recalled approximately 56,000 car seats due to a safety concern for their Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seat. This recall affects seats manufactured before January 29, 2016. For more information regarding this recall visit Evenflo Transitions 3-in-1 Car Seat Recall.
For other information regarding child seat recalls visit The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Child Seat Recall Campaign Listing at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/childseat.cfm