If you have questions regarding the proper installation and use of child passenger safety seats or would like to set up an appointment to have your child safety seat checked, please conact one of the Safe Kids Napa Valley Child Passenger Safety Technicians.
Effective January 1, 2012 a new law in California will require all children under 8 years old to ride in a properly secured in a child passenger restraint system (car seat/booster) IN THE BACK SEAT of the vehicle. Children under 8 years old and 4'9'' or taller may use a properly fitting adult seatbelt in the back seat. After January 1, 2012 a violation of this law will be punsible by a fine of nearly $500 and one point on the driver's record. Download a bilingual fact sheet about the new car seat law.
Beyond the new law, parents and caregivers should follow the Five Point Safety Test for proper safety belt use by asking the following questions.
Can the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
If the answer to any of the test questions is NO, the child is NOT ready to be safely transported in the seat belt only, and should continue to ride in a booster or other appropriate child safety seat.
Child Passenger Safety Subcommittee of Safe Kids Napa Valley is a local group with the mission to reduce motor vehicle related deaths and injuries among children in Napa County, through public education, advocacy and child passenger safety programs and services. Napa County Car Seat Safety Program serves affiliate agencies, departments, hospitals, family service organizations, health and child care providers, and other professionals and individuals. For more information about Safe Kids Napa Valley Chapter, please call Molly Arnott at (707) 252-1123 ext.118 or e-mail: Cope Family Center.