Local law enforcement agencies are starting up an enforcement campaign to make sure children are correctly buckled into car seats.
The Spokane County Target Zero Task Force received a grant from Washington Traffic Safety Commission to promote the correct use of child car seats. Parents frequently place children in seat belts too soon. Seat belts are designed for adults and do not properly protect children until they are 4’9” tall.
Under Washington law, people who transport children are required to adhere to the following rules to protect children in the event of a crash:
▪ Child ages: 0 to at least 12 months and at least 20 pounds –use a rear-facing infant seat. Keep your child rear-facing as long as your child car seat allows.
▪ Age: 13 months to age four — use a child car seat with a five-point harness.
▪ Age: four to 4’9” tall — use a booster seat. Boosters should only be placed with a lap and shoulder belt.
▪ Age: up to age 13 — children should ride in the rear seat of the vehicle.
Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children up to age 14.