Child safety seats, when used correctly, can reduce the risk of death to infants by 71 percent, and 54 percent for children aged 1-4. The single most important thing you can do to protect your children is to buckle them up properly, every time, in the right seat.
Let’s review car safety seat guidelines as defined by Florida law:
Children through 3 years old require a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat ~
Children 4 through 5 years of age require a separate carrier, an integrated child seat or a child booster seat ~
Children 5 through 18 years must be restrained by a safety belt.
To add to the law, children are typically safer in a backseat position of the vehicle. Also, never put a rear facing infant or convertible safety seat in the front passenger seat if the vehicle is equipped with an active passenger airbag.
Our children are our most precious cargo. It’s our responsibility, as parents and guardians, to make sure they make it to their destination safely.