There are guidelines to assist consumers in determining which booster seats are the safest, and Florida law mandates that children are to be properly restrained while riding in any type of motor vehicle. It’s important for parents to be aware that the safety guidelines only provide for the minimum standards of safety, and may not provide the protection your child actually needs in order to avoid injury in an accident.
Some Florida laws passed to protect children traveling in motor vehicles include:
- Every infant must be restrained in a rear-facing car seat using the recommended height and weight guideline limitations provided on the car seat instructions. Do not assume that your child can begin using a front-facing car seat once they reach a specific age. Height and weight are the determining factors.
- One a child reaches approximately one year of age and weighs a minimum of 20 lbs, they can begin using a front facing car seat.
- Every child under four years of age and weighing less than 40 lbs must remain in a front facing car seat. Depending upon the parents’ discretion, children, the age of five, may also continue using a car seat with the proper restraining device which may include the installed car safety belt.
- All children under the age of nine, must remain in the rear seat of a vehicle, and must be restrained with the installed car safety belt restraint.
While Florida laws do not mandate a booster seat being used for a child under 4’ 9” in height, some safety experts do suggest a booster seat may help prevent serious or fatal injuries.
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