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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, child car safety seats in passenger vehicles, when used correctly, reduce the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years.
Booster seat use reduces the risk of serious injury for children ages 4 to 8 years by 45 percent when compared with seat belt use alone, and for older children and adults, seat belt use reduces the risk for death and serious injury by approximately half.
Under Rhode Island law, all children must be properly restrained in a child restraint system in the rear of the vehicle if they are younger than 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall and weigh at least 80 pounds. Children who are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds must be properly restrained by the vehicle seat belt. Children less than 2 years old, unless they are over 30 pounds, must be restrained in a rear-facing car seat.
To keep children as safe as possible when riding in a vehicle, follow these guidelines:
Be sure your kids are ready for a seat belt with the Safety Belt Fit Test.
Our downloadable guide features safety tips including: