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Safety Nugget Week of December 21 - Child Car Seat Safety< Back to Blog

Dec 21, 2015
By: J. Randall
Categories: Safety

November 1, 2015 Oklahoma adopted new regulations regarding child car seats.

  • All children under age 4 must be properly secured in a car seat with an internal harness.
    • A 5-point harness is the safest restraint system and should be used as long as possible (until the child exceeds the harness’ weight limit).
  • Children under age 2 must be properly secured in a rear-facing car seat.
  • Rear-facing is the safest way for small children to travel, and they should remain rear-facing until they reach 2 years of age or until they exceed the height or weight limit of the car seat.
  • Riding rear-facing with legs bent or against the back of the seat is a safe and comfortable position for children. This position best protects their head, neck and spinal cord in the event of a crash.
  • Children ages 4-7 must ride in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat unless they are taller than 4’9”.

Children taller than 4’9” or over age 7 should always be restrained in a seat belt. Riding in the back seat of the vehicle is the safest way for children to travel.

Source: https://www.ok.gov/health/Disease,_Prevention,_Preparedness/Injury_Prevention_Service/Child_Passenger_Safety/

Here are some images that show some common issues with car seats. There are locations around the state that conduct child safety seat checks.  To find a location near you visit local county health departments.

 

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