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Child Car Seat Safety

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Installation And Proper Use

Installing your child's car seat properly and using it every time your son or daughter rides in the car is one of the best ways to help keep him or her safe in case of an accident. As your baby grows, you may wonder when is the appropriate time for a  larger seat. Or maybe you are unsure of when it is safe to face the seat forward. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about child passenger safety.

When is it okay to switch a child to a front-facing car seat?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, (AAP), babies should ride in rear-facing car seats until they are at least age one and weigh at least 20 pounds.

When should a child be moved to a bigger car seat?

According to Dr. Dennis Durbin, a pediatrician and spokesman for AAP, you should read the owner's manual, if you do not have the manual, call the manufacturer or perform  a search online.


Watch For These Clues:
  • The child has reached the maximum weight or height allowed for the car seat.
  • His or her shoulders are higher than the topmost harness slots.
  • The child(ren) ears have reached the top edge of the car seat.


Do older children really need to use booster seats?

Yes. Most children switch to booster seats at around four years of age. They should sit in booster seats until they are at least age eight years old. Once they are at least 57" (inches) tall, adult safety belts should fit appropriately without boosters.

When is it safe for a child to sit in a car's front seat?

"Children younger than age 13 years are safest in the rear of a vehicle", says Dr. Durbin.

To make a reservation for a car seat inspection or installation,  (be sure to bring your child and the car seat), please contact  Captain Rodney Ellis at 561-845-4104.

Contact Information

John M. Curd, Jr., Fire Chief

John M. Curd, Jr., Fire Chief

Riviera Beach Fire Rescue Administration
1920 W. Blue Heron
Riviera Beach, FL 33404

Phone: (561) 845-4104
Fax: (561) 845-4137