Child Restraint FAQ's and Safety Topics
The following links and articles are available to help address questions you may have about the safest way to travel with child passengers.
A safe car seat is one that: Fits your vehicle, Fits your child, and is Easy to use each and every time.
- Check your child's car seat for recalls. Select 'Recalls' from the blue-colored bar on the left-hand side of the website homepage. Then select 'VIEW' Recall List. Scroll down the listings until you find the car seat manufacturer and model.
- Read the National Highway Traffic Safety Association's statement on re-use or replacement of child restraints following a crash.
- Front seat or back seat? Air bag or no air bag? Lap and Shoulder Belt, or Lap-Only Belt? Find out the answers to these questions related to child passenger safety in this helpful article.
- Seeking options to recycle used child safety seats?
~ Legacy Health offers a program in the Portland Metro area. Click the header link for more information.
~ Salem Hospital also accepts car seats for recycling at their check-up events. For additional information, call (503) 814-CHEC (2432).
- Check with your local collection company to see if they offer recycling for car seats.
- Are you looking for a new car seat for your infant, toddler or 4-8 year old child but overwhelmed by the choices and worried about how to properly install your car seat?
- NHTSA provides a five-star ratings system that allows you to evaluate how easy certain car seat features are to use before you buy a seat.
- IIHS ratings take the guesswork out of selecting boosters most likely to provide good lap and shoulder belt fit in a range of vehicles.
About Used Car Seats
- Whenever possible, it is recommended that a new car seat be used. Brand-new car seats are available to income-eligible families at reduced cost. Click here for more information.
- However, if a used car seat is the only option, make sure the safety seat is not expired (typically this means it must be less than 6 years old. Check the car seat manual to verify expiration. Don't have the manual? Check the manufacturer's website or call them.), and it has never been used in a crash. You can’t be sure about the history of a used seat unless you got it directly from a friend or relative. You will need the detailed instruction booklet (it can be ordered from the manufacturer if it is missing) to check that the seat has all of its parts and to find out how to use it correctly. Check for possible damage, such as cracks in the plastic, frayed straps, stiff buckles or harness adjusters. If the safety seat passes all of these criteria, you still need to check for possible recalls.
- In Oregon, RV's are held to the same Child Occupant Protection laws as regular vehicles. This article provides tips on the safest ways to travel with child passengers in an RV.
- Did you know that the safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system (CRS) or device, not on your lap? Your arms aren't capable of holding your child securely, especially during unexpected turbulence. Read more at FAA's child passenger's information page.
- "Oregon's safety belt law requires occupants of privately-owned, commercial vehicles transporting 15 or fewer persons to use safety restraints, including occupants of shuttles, taxis, limousines, and vans." It is the responsibility of parents and caregivers to provide a child restraint for child passengers.
Vehicle Vest Systems
- Some safe alternatives to booster seats and car seats include the: RideSafer Vest , and E-Z-On Products and more.
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