Car Safety and Booster Seats 

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Safe Kids Northeast Florida has a standing Safe Kids Buckle Up inspection site, where certified child passenger safety technicians can check in-use seats and verify the safety seats are properly installed and buckled in. INSPECTIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT. See information below.

Weekly Free Car Seat Check

Vehicle crashes remain a leading killer of children in the United States. The Safe Kids Buckle Up® inspection site is here to teach parents and caregivers how to buckle up children the right way, on every ride. Whether your precious cargo is an infant, toddler, preschooler or school-aged child, let us help you reduce the risk of injury and death to your children while riding in vehicles.

Seat checks by appointment only.
Call 904.202.4302 for your appointment and time.*.

Safe Kids Buckle Up® Inspection Station
Metro Square Office Park
3563 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32207

*On the day of the seat check please bring your child if possible. Do bring your vehicle owner's manual and the owner's manual for your car seat.

Click here for What to Expect At A Car Seat Check, which will provide a lot of details for parents.

Conducted By:
Safe Kids Northeast Florida
Wolfson Children's Hospital
THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health

In addition, Safe Kids Northeast Florida also offers two other checks:

  •  Booster Seat Saturday is offered periodically during the year. Watch the schedule for a flier with details.
  •  Community Child Safety Car Seat Checks at other locations in the metropolitan Jacksonville area. These also require an appointment for the parents to meet with a certified technician.
  • See schedule below:

    2017-2018 Dates
    Subaru of Jacksonville
    10800 Atlantic Blvd.
    Jacksonville, FL 32225

    Fri., Dec. 1, 2017
    Fri., Jan. 5, 2018
    Fri., Feb. 2, 2018
    Fri., March 2, 2018
    Call 202.4302 to make an appointment on these dates.

    Additional Dates Coming

    By appointment ONLY
    Call 202.4302

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    Watch Schedule
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     Car Safety Seat Documents

    SKNF_5TopThingsCarSeatChecklistUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
    Car Seat Checkup - Top Five Things To Do
    InspectionStation_FlyerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
    Free Car Seat Checks - read for more information
    WhatToExpectCarSeatCheckUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
    What to Expect At a Car Seat Check

     External Links for More Information

    FDOT Child Car Safety Seat PSA Videohttp://wolfsonchildrens.org/programs-services/programs/safe-kids/Pages/ChildCarSeat_PSA.aspx
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) "Ease of Use" ratings of child restraint systemshttp://www.nhtsa.gov/portal/nhtsa_eou/info.jsp?type=all
    NHTSA General Child Seat Use Informationhttp://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS
    Safecars.gov and "Is Your Child In the Right Car Seat?"http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats.htm
    The 4-1-1 on Child Car Safety Seats

    Florida law requires every motor vehicle operator to use a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device for children until the age of 6. Safe Kids of Northeast Florida, led by THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, has help educate thousands of parents about the proper use and installation of infant and child car safety seats, as well as booster seats for older children. Not just because it’s the law, but because the use of a child safety seat is the best protection for a child while being transported.

    Why this is so important for parents to know

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  • Infants ride in the back seat in a rear-facing position from the very first ride home from the hospital.
  • Parents keep their babies in rear-facing car seats until age 2.
  • Or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their car seat.
  • That knowing the rear-facing position supports the head, neck and spine and will keep the child 75% safer in a crash.

  • Facts parents should know:

    Preschoolers should transfer to a forward-facing seat with a full harness after they outgrown rear-facing seats, and stay in the forward-facing seat until they weigh at least to 40 pounds. Some 5-point harness forward-facing seats may be used till the child is 50- 65 pounds.

    Older children can transition to a booster seat after forward-facing car safety seats. Booster seats make use of the lap and shoulder seat belts inside the vehicle, and raises the child so the belts properly restrain the child in the seat. Booster seats should be used until the vehicles should and lap belts fit correctly, with this occurring normally when a child reaches about 4' 9" in height and is between 8 and 12 years of age.

     
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