Most of us depend on cars or buses to get around. We
spend a lot of time and energy going between home, work
and school. We want to make sure our families are safe
while on the road.
To keep your children safe, use child car seats and
booster seats. Make sure you buy the correct seat for
your child’s age, height and weight and install
it properly. Make sure that all the other people in
your car are buckled up, too.
Always Wear a Helmet
A new law in California says that children must
always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle,
scooter or skates. Helmets protect adults, too,
and set a good example for children.
Get Your Car Seat
Most child car seats are
not installed right. To find out where to get a
free inspection, call Seat Check or visit www.seatcheck.org.
Child Car Seat Safety
- Infants and children up to age 12 should
be in the back seat.
- Babies should be in rear-facing car seats
until they are 1 year old and weigh 20 pounds.
- By California law, children must be in child
car seats or booster seats until they are 6 years
old or weigh 60 pounds. It is recommended that they
stay in booster seats until they are 8 years old
or weigh 80 pounds.
- Never hold your child in your lap in the
- Infants and small children should never
be in seats with airbags.
- Don’t use a car seat that’s
been in a crash. To be extra safe, don’t buy
a used car seat or use one that’s more than
6 years old.
- For more information on child car seats,
call Seat Check or visit www.seatcheck.org.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
Independence is learned in small
steps. Start with a simple skill—like holding Mom’s
hand when crossing the street.
Stop, Look and Listen
- Don’t allow your child to cross the street alone
until you know he can do it safely. Many children are
9 or 10 years old before they can cross streets on their
own or have the self-control not to dart after a ball.
Teach your child to stop, listen and look left, right
and left again before crossing the street. Walk, don’t
run, and keep looking both ways while crossing. Use traffic
signals and crosswalks. Don’t jaywalk or enter the
street between parked cars or bushes.
Teach your child never to run into a street without stopping
and looking—even for a ball or a pet. This is how
many children are hurt.