Out of Harm's Way
Rhode Island law statest that a child under eight years old must be
restrained in the rear of the vehicle. The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration estimates that 500 deaths and 56,000 injuries to
children in this age group can be prevented every year if all parents
used car seats.
Here are some tips to keep your child safe and secure:
For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat,
in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the
height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum,
keep infants rear-facing until a minimum of age 1 and at least
When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at a minimum age
1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing
child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper
weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around
age 4 and 40 pounds).
No more than one finger's worth of space should be between the
child and the harness.
Use a booster seat until your child weighs at least 80 pounds,
is about 4 feet, 9 inches tall and can pass the Safety
Belt Fit Test. For most children, that will be between the
ages of 4 and 12.
The safest place for a child using a car seat is the center rear
Carefully follow installation instructions in the car seat and
car owner's manuals.
Replace any car seat that has been involved in a crash.
Children who no longer need booster seats should use both a lap
and shoulder belt.
The best way to encourage lifelong car safety is to set a good example,
so make it a habit to abide by the state's new seat belt laws by
For more information, call the Injury
Prevention Center at 401-444-5018.