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Office of Injury Prevention
A Safe Ride Home
From the first ride home to daily trips in the car, every child deserves a safe ride. Using a child safety seat correctly can protect your child from serious injuries and death if you're in an automobile accident.
As your child grows, so does his or her need for different types of safety seats. Newborns and younger babies need a rear facing safety seat, and older children need a front facing seat and finally a booster seat before they graduate to using seat belts.
A new partnership between the states of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, highlights the importance of a safe ride home for all children and their families. People can now donate gently used child safety seats for distribution to families in Mexico. All child safety seats will be inspected to insure they will provide the protection needed.
Safety Seats Save Lives
- Automobile accidents are a leading killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States.
- You can reduce the risk of serious injury and death by using the right seat in the right way.
- Child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4.
Which Seat is Right?
- Children less than one year old should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.
- Children should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer.
- Children should ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer.
- Once children outgrow the forward-facing car seat with a harness, he or she should ride in a booster seat in the back seat of the car.
- Children should ride in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly.
- For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.
Arizona residents can find local resources for reduced cost and free child safety seats by clicking the following links:
- Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety CAPP Program
- Yuma County Health Services District & Yuma County Safe Kids Project K.I.S.S. 2013 Schedule
- Yuma County Health Services District & Yuma County Safe Kids Project K.I.S.S. 2014 Schedule [Español]
How Can I Help?
- Make sure that your children are safely buckled into the right car seat or seatbelt.
- Model good behavior by always wearing your seatbelt.
- Stay tuned for information on where you can donate safety seats.
Click HERE to see a current list of recalled child safety seats.