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Buckle Up Boston - Child Passenger Safety

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Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children. Unrestrained or improperly restrained children are more likely to be injured or suffer severe injuries in a crash. To keep them safe for every ride, children should always be buckled up, or properly secured in a car seat that is appropriate for their age, height, weight and development. 

Car seats save lives when they are installed properly. At least 9 out of 10 car seats are not installed correctly in Boston. Learn to correctly use the car seat by reviewing the instructions from the seat manufacturer as well as the vehicle owner's manual.  If you need assistance, a Child Passenger Safety technician can help. The Injury Prevention Program helps schedule ongoing car seat checks at a Safe Kids-sponsored inspection station in collaboration with Boston EMS and other coalition partners. 

Choose the right seat based on your child's age, weight, height and development. Check the car seat manufacturers' instructions for the exact height and weight limits of each seat.Car Seat Guide (2).png

Download the full version of our Buckle Up Boston Guide

Recommendations

  • Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible and in the back seat through age 13. 
  • Only move your child to the next car seat when they outgrow the weight or height limit.
  • Most converitble car seats have limits that will allow children to ride rear-facing up to 3 years old. 
  • For a seat belt, the lap belt must lie across the upper thights, and the shoulder belt should lie across the shoulder and chest.
  • Never add accessories to your child's car seat for comfort that didn't come with the packaging. 
  • Dress your child in nothing thicker than a sweatshirt in their car seat. Place your child's coat or blanket over them for warmth.
  • Never leave your child alone in the car to prevent to prevent overheating. Keep your phone or bag in the back seat to remember to bring your child with you.
  • Whether it's a car seat or seat belt, make sure everyone is always buckled up for every drive. 
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Schedule a free car seat inspection with a Child Passenger Safety technician.

Boston residents can schedule an appoint​​​​​​ment​ using the guide below, and non-residents can find a technician in their area he​re

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Buckle up, it's the law!  The Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law was amended in July 2008 to include booster seat requirements.

  • Children must be in a federally approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old OR over 59 inches tall. 
  • Children ages 8 through 12 must wear a properly fastened safety belt.
  • A police officer can stop your vehicle if a child age 12 or under is not properly restrained.

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