Child Passenger Safety Information

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September is Child Passenger Safety Month! The Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center and Evenflo promote our SAFE TRAVEL FOR KIDS!! initiative year round. Through our many events and promotions, it is our mission to provide parents and caregivers with the knowledge and resources to keep our youngest passengers safe while traveling in motor vehicles.

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The fine for violation of the Ohio Child Restraint and Booster Seat Laws is $25 – $75 for the first offense. The second offense is punishable by up to 30 days in jail. See below for relevant child passenger safety laws from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Ohio Child Restraint Law

Requires children up to 4 years old AND 40 pounds to be restrained in a child restraint seat that meets federal standards and is correctly used according to the manufacturer’s instructions

Ohio Booster Seat Law

Requires children over 40 pounds and ages 4 years up to 8 years old unless 4’9” to be restrained in a booster seat.

Did You Know…

  1. A child must ride rear-facing until at least 1 year and 20 lbs. However, research indicates and the AAP recommends that children should ride rear-facing up to age 2 or to the upper weight and height limit of their car seat.
  2. A child should ride in a child restraint with an internal harness as long as possible.  Many seats can be used up to 50, 65, or 80 pounds with an internal harness.  Some of these seats can then be used as a booster seat.  These seats could be an excellent choice for a younger child that is either heavier or taller.
  3. High back boosters are a good choice for transitioning a child from a child restraint to a booster seat especially if the child falls asleep in the car. The high back boosters might also offer protection if the vehicle has a side airbag as the high back booster with “side wings” helps to keep the child correctly positioned in the vehicle away from the window. Some of the high back boosters can become a no back booster.
  4. No back booster seats might be a good choice for an older child that does not want anyone to know that they are in a booster seat.  It would also work well for a child that is in a carpool since it is light weight and easy to transport. Parents/caregivers need to make sure that either a headrest or the vehicle seat back is adjusted so that the back of the child’s head is protected.
  5. Booster seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belts!
  6. Did you know that car seats expire? It is recommended to not use a car seat 6 years after the manufacturer date, unless otherwise noted by the manufacturer.  Check with the manufacture before reusing the seat for another child.

Indiana Child Restraint Law

Requires children under 8 years old to be restrained in a child restraint seat that meets federal standards and is correctly used according to the manufacturer’s instructions

Kentucky Child Restraint Law

Requires children 40 inches or less to be restrained in a child restraint seat that meets federal standards and is correctly used according to the manufacturer’s instructions

Kentucky Booster Seat Law

Requires children between 40 and 50 inches tall and ages 6 or younger to be restrained in a booster seat.

ALWAYS FOLLOW MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS!

For more information contact:
Emily Lee
Injury Prevention Coordinator
Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

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