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Office of Injury Prevention

A Safe Ride Home

Child car seat inside a vehicle

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.

Seat Donation Program

A new partnership between Arizona and the State of Sonora, Mexico will help protect more children. People in Arizona can donate their gently used car seats, which will be inspected to insure they will provide the protection needed, that will be donated to families in need in Mexico. Through a partnership with Rural Metro and Southwest Ambulance, anyone can donate a seat at fire and ambulance stations in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Yuma Counties.

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?

Close up of baby in car seat
  • Children less than two years 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:

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.