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Frequently Asked Questions

Children’s bodies are still developing so they are more vulnerable in crashes. Adults have bones that are fully formed and full strength, so they do not need a booster seat. For more information:

https://csftl.org/short-adults-seat-belts/

Larger children still need to pass the seat belt fit test. There are several booster seats available to accommodate higher weights, even up to 125 pounds. For more information:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-and-Obese-Children-Suggestions-for-Parents.aspx

The law is based on the minimum in order to be enforceable. The law is not meant to be a recommendation for what is safe, as children are all different shapes and sizes.  For more information:

https://csftl.org/state-laws/

The big yellow school buses are actually very safe—safer than our cars. They are designed to be strong, large, and visible, and use a passive restraint system called compartmentalization. For more information:

https://csftl.org/school-buses/

Yes, when used correctly, a backless booster is just as safe as one with a back—with a few exceptions. If you have low vehicle seat backs, or if you have a young child who falls asleep or otherwise won’t stay in position, you’d want a booster seat with a back. Boosters with side-impact protection wings built into the backs bring added protection. For more information:

https://csftl.org/booster-seat-myths/

How can I get free and reduced price seats?

There are a variety of resources for free and reduced price seats for those who cannot afford one. Click here for a list of resources:

https://csftl.org/resources-for-free-and-reduced-price-seats/

Child Passenger Safety Information
for Children of All Ages

Virginia Department of Health: Buckle Up, Virginia!

Occupant protection information and resources for Virginia residents

Safe Kids Worldwide - Ultimate Car Seat Guide

Practical tips to keep kids safe in cars

Virginia Department of Health: Safety Seat Distribution Program​

Information on how to qualify for a free car seat in Virginia​

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)​

Road safety information for parents and caregivers​

NHTSA Recall List​

List of recalled child restraint devices

American Academy of Pediatrics — Car Safety Seats: Product Listing

Helpful parent guide for securing children of all ages; includes information on travel vests

American Academy of Pediatrics—On the Go

Installation help for parents

Safe Kids – In and Around Cars

Useful resources for protecting children in and around cars

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles — Highway Safety

General traffic safety information and resources for Virginia residents

Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters — Child Safety Seat Information

Child passenger safety information

Safe Kids USA – Car Seats, Boosters and Seat Belt Safety

Useful resources for parents about professionals about car safety

Car Seats for the Littles

Empowering caregivers to keep children safe

Resources By Age Group

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — Car Seats for your infant
Guidance, pictures, and videos for safe travel with infants
https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/car-seat-safety-kids/car-seat-safety-by-age/newborn-2-years

Safe Kids Worldwide — Child Passenger Safety: Infants
Information for parents traveling with infants
https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/
field_age/babies-0–12-months/field_risks/car-seat


Virginia Department of Health: Installation Videos for Infants
Video demonstrating installation of a rear-facing infant seat: https://youtu.be/Itp8FdUjLgw Video demonstrating installation of a rear-facing convertible seat: https://youtu.be/7pfgJCFK2ks

Child in Harnessed Booster
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — Car and Booster Seats for your Toddler
Guidance, pictures, and videos for safe travel with toddlers:
https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/car-seat-safety-kids/car-seat-safety-by-age/toddlers

Safe Kids Worldwide— Child Passenger Safety: Toddlers
Helpful information for traveling with toddlers
https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/ field_age/little-kids-1–4-years/field_risks/car-seat

Virginia Department of Health: Installation Videos for Toddlers
Video demonstrating installation of a forward-facing child seat
https://youtu.be/UX7BEL1ZII0

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Car and Booster Seats for Your 4- to 8-year-old

Guidance, pictures, and videos for safe travel with booster age children

https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/car-seat-safety-kids/car-seat-safety-by-age/4-8-year-old-children

 

Safe Kids Worldwide— Child Passenger Safety: Boosters

Helpful information for traveling with booster age children

https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/
field_age/big-kids-5–9-years/field_risks/booster-seat

 

Car Seats for the Littles — Boosters are for (very) big kids

An article providing guidance for booster seat use

https://csftl.org/boosters-are-for-very-big-kids/

 

Virginia Department of Health: Video for Using Booster Seats

Video demonstrating proper use of booster seats

https://youtu.be/lOE4mTSmmzs

Child in Seatbelt

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia — Car Safety for Older Children, Teens and Young Drivers

Guidance, pictures, and videos for safe travel with older children

http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/car-seat-safety-kids/car-seat-safety-by-age/older-children

 

Safe Kids Worldwide: Child Passenger Safety: Safety Belts

Helpful information for traveling with children of safety belt age

https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/
field_age/pre-teens-10-14/field_risks/and-around-cars

 

Safe Kids Worldwide: Safety Belt Fit Test

Downloadable flyer

https://www.safekids.org/sites/
default/files/documents/seat_belt_
safety_tips_2016_0.pdf

 

Virginia Department of Health: Video for Using Safety Belts

Video demonstrating safe travel with older children

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qstkr8UFWPo

 

Center for Injury Research & Prevention – Teen Driver Resources

Teen Driving Safety Resources

https://injury.research.chop.edu/teen
-driving-safety-resources

 

Teen Driver Resources

Tips and resources for teens learning to drive and their parents

https://www.ace.aaa.com/
automotive/driver-education/teen-programs.html

Automotive Safety Program: National Center for the Safe Transportation of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Site devoted to providing information, resources, and additional help for safely transporting children with a variety of health conditions

https://preventinjury.pediatrics.
iu.edu/special-needs/

 

American Academy of Pediatrics: Transporting Children with Special Needs

Parent guidance for transporting children with special needs

https://pediatrics.aappublications
.org/content/104/4/988.full

 

Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters

Special Needs Car Seat Loaner Program

https://www.chkd.org/Our-Services/Specialty-Care-and-Programs/Support-Services/Car-Seat-Loaner-Program/