Washington Township Fire Department, Dublin, Ohio has a very informational video on the proper installation of car seats. Please click on the link to watch:
What is the New Law?
As of Oct. 7, 2009,* Ohio’s children are required to use belt-positioning booster seats once they outgrow their child safety seats (usually at 4 years old and 40 pounds) until they are 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches (57 inches) tall.
Ohio’s revised child restraint law requires the following:
*Law enforcement will issue warnings only for the first six months. Full enforcement will begin on April 7, 2010. Fines will range from a minimum of $25 to a maximum of $75 per occurrence. A booster seat can be purchased for as little as $15. Don’t wait for a warning or ticket!
Why isn’t the seat belt enough? Seat belts were designed for adults and can leave a child at risk of serious injury in a motor vehicle crash.
Why is the law important? Most Ohio children are still not in booster seats.
What’s the best booster to buy?
The Injury Prevention Program does not endorse any particular child safety or booster seat. It’s important to properly use one that meets current federal motor vehicle safety standards and fits well in your vehicle. The following resources may be of help in selecting a booster seat:
When should my child move from a booster seat to a seat belt?
A booster seat is designed to place a child higher on the vehicle seat so that the lap/shoulder belt fits correctly. Seat belt fit varies from car to car and from person to person. It is safest for your child to remain in a booster seat until the adult seat belt system fits his/her properly as follows:
Ohio Child Passenger Safety Program Overview
Ohio Law - Ohio Revised Code 4511.81
Boost Ohio Kids Coalition Web site
Local Resources for Safety Advocates:
Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Rainbow Injury Prevention Center – Boost Your Booty Campaign Materials
Dayton Children’s Resources – Navigating Booster Seats http://www.childrensdayton.org/Safety_Tips/Safety/Car_Seats/Navigating_Booster_Seats.html
Center for Injury Research and Policy, Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Safety Boost Education Tool http://sharedoc.nchri.org/CIRP/Safety%20Boost/Safety%20Boost%20Tool.pdf
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Partners for Child Passenger Safety http://stokes.chop.edu/programs/injury/our_research/pcps.php
Safety Belt Safe USA
Governor’s Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) State Laws http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/childsafety_laws.html
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