The number one killer of children in Arizona is motor vehicle crashes. One simple item that could help save countless children is a properly installed child safety seat.
Did you know that 4 out of every 5 child car seats are installed incorrectly?!
Did you know that one third of children are riding in the wrong restraints for their age and size?
Over 1/3 of children use the wrong restraint for their size and age.
Children 5 – 8 years old should be riding in belt-positioning booster seats.
Here are some questions to ask yourself about the safety of your child when it comes to riding in a vehicle:
Does your child ride in the back seat?
The back seat is considered the safest place in a crash. If your vehicle has a passenger airbag, it is crucial for children 12 and under to ride in back.
Does your child ride face the correct way?
Infants should ride in rear-facing restraints (in the back seat) until age 1 and at least 20-22 lbs.
Infants who weigh 20 lbs. before 1 year of age should ride in a restraint approved for higher rear-facing weight limits. Always read your child’s restraint manual for instructions on properly using the restraint.
Children must be at least over one year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds to ride forward-facing.
Does the safety belt hold the seat tightly in place?
Make sure the belt is used in the correct slots. If your safety seat can be used facing either way, use the correct belt path for each direction. Check the vehicle owner’s manual and safety seat instruction book for instructions.
Is the harness buckled snugly around your child?
Keep harness straps snug over the child’s shoulders. Place the chest clip at armpit level.
Does your child who weighs over 40 pounds have the best protection possible?
Keep your child in a safety seat with a full harness to the upper weight limits of the seat. Then use a belt-positioning booster seat which helps the vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt fit better. A belt-positioning booster seat is preferred for children between 40-80 pounds. It must be used with the vehicle lap and shoulder belt.
How should a safety belt fit an older child?
The child should be tall enough to sit without slouching, with knees bent at the edge of the seat, with feet on the floor.
The lap belt must fit low and tight across the upper thighs.
The shoulder belt should rest over the shoulder and across the chest.
Never put the shoulder belt under the arm or behind the child’s back.
The vehicle lap and shoulder belt system alone will not fit most children until they are at least 4’9″ tall and weigh about 85 pounds
Fire Dept. Community Education Police Dept. Traffic Education Safety Unit
Car Seat Inspections / Installations: Child Safety Seat Hotline:
602-495-KIDS (5437) 602- 534-TOTS (8687)
Community Education Unit:
Phoenix Fire Department has the state’s first two fitting stations for car seat safety
Fire Station 56 – 3210 W. Canotia Place
Phoenix, AZ 85086
(east of I-17, just north of Carefree Highway)
Fire Station 32 – 7620 South 42nd Place
Phoenix, AZ 85042
(located on Baseline Ave. just east of 40th St.)
You must make a reservation for a car seat inspection or installation (you provide the car seat), call 602-495-KIDS.
If you see an unbuckled child in a moving vehicle, call
1-800-505-BABY (800-505-2229). Be prepared to provide:
the license number and state on the car
the city where the violation occurred
the location of the child (front seat, driver’s lap, etc.)
The vehicle owner will receive a letter saying that an unbuckled child was observed and that the law requires children under five to be properly secured. The letter is not a ticket but serves as a chance to inform the owner of the vehicle about keeping children safe in the car.