It is critically important to keep our children safe in vehicles as they travel our state’s roadways. That means putting them in the proper restraint for their age, size and weight.
"Securing your child in a correctly installed child safety seat is one of the most important things you can do to protect your child's life every day," according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Since parents are often confused about the difference between child restraint laws (which differ in many states) and the recommendations of national experts regarding child safety seats, safety advocates want to ensure that parents and caregivers are aware of the National Car Seats for Children: Birth to 12 Years Guidelines: For a downloadable flyer, click here.
Follow your car seat manufacturer's instructions and your vehicle owner's manual on how to install and properly use the car seat.
What are the child restraint requirements in Florida?
Every operator of a motor vehicle driven on Florida roads must provide for the protection of any child, 5 years of age or younger, by using a crash-tested, federally approved car seat.
For children up to 3 years old, the restraint must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer's integrated child seat. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a seat belt may be used. For passengers age 6 through 17 years, a seat belt must be used while riding in a motor vehicle. Beginning January 1, 2015, for children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a booster seat may be used.
You may find more information regarding child restraint requirements by visiting The Florida Senate website.
There is some additional information available on our Florida Highway Patrol website.