Posted in Criminal Defense on August 13, 2019
States across the country take child safety in a vehicle seriously and pass laws to ensure children are properly restrained. Most states have laws on the books that require you to use a child restraint system. California law is very specific about these laws, and we want to make sure you have the information you need to keep your child safe while also following the law.
California law is detailed about the proper restraint of children. The lap belt must be low on the hips and touching the child’s upper thighs. The shoulder belt must cross the center of the chest.
As of January 1, 2017, drivers with children under the age of 2 in the vehicle must secure the child in a rear-facing child safety restraint system (unless the child weighs more than 40 pounds or is over 40 inches tall).
The state takes these laws seriously and enforces various penalties. These include:
Under California law, a child may ride in the front seat of a vehicle in an appropriate child passenger restraint system under the following circumstances:
Seatbelt and child restraint laws exist to protect our children. Vehicle accidents area reality in California. During the latest reporting year in the state, the Office of Traffic Safety says that there were hundreds of thousands of vehicle crashes. Out of those, there were:
With those statistics in mind, we can see why it is so important to ensure our children are properly restrained. While nobody expects to be involved in a traffic crash, it is always better to be prepared.
You want to ensure that you have the right seat for your child’s age and weight. Make sure your child safety seat meets or exceeds federal safety standards. The instructions of the safety seat will let you know when it is safe to let your child “graduate” to the next level (booster seat, no safety seat).
It is important that you properly install the safety seat in your vehicle. You can be sure you have done this correctly by taking your vehicle to your local fire or police department. There will likely be an employee certified to inspect your child’s safety seat installation or do it for you.