Are you following the new 2015 Florida car seat rules?

 In Law Planet

carseatA child’s safety is incredibly important when in a vehicle. As of January 1st 2015, the laws on car seat age requirements have been changed. Florida law now says that children should be in a car seat until they are AT LEAST five years old. The law reads as follows:

“Every operator of a motor vehicle as defined in this section, while transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall, if the child is 5 years of age or younger, provide for protection of the child by properly using a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device.

  1. For children aged through 3 years, such restraint device must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat.
  2. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a child booster seat may be used. “

Before it was changed the law only required the seat to be used until the child reached three years of age. These new changes now place Florida with 48 others states that have similar child safety seat laws.

Although this new law only states that the child needs to be in the seat until age five, Safecar suggest that a child uses a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 to 12 years old, or at least 4 feet 9 inches.

The following is a set of guidelines for the correct car seat depending on your child’s age:

  • Ages 0 to 3: These children should be in a rear-facing car seat.
  • Ages 2 to 7: This age group should be in forward facing car seats or booster seats.
  • Ages 4 to 12: At this age it is recommended that children should sit in booster seats.
  • Ages 8+: These children should be safe without the seat and just using a seatbelt.

We are constantly handling car accident cases, and we see the direct benefit of car seats.  Children are saved every day from serious injury when car seats are used properly. Even if you are a safe driver there are many people on the roads who are not.  You can’t be 100% free of risk on the road, so it is extremely important to take all measures you can in keeping not only yourself but also your family as safe as possible.

 

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