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Car Seat Safety

Louisiana law requires you to buckle up your children in proper car seats. Ensuring the best fit, size and type of car seat will help keep your child safe.

To learn more about car seats and additional child safety, such as recalls, life vests and other safety programs, visit www.lexleeskids.org.

Important Car Seat Information

Benefits of Safety Seats

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and younger. Child safety seats, when used correctly, can save lives and prevent injuries.

What is the Best Seat?

Select a car seat that is:

All children 12 years old and younger should sit in the back seat.

EVERYONE should buckle up on EVERY ride!

Four out of five child safety seats are installed incorrectly.

It takes about 30 minutes to correctly install a child safety seat in your car.

  • Suitable for the child’s age, weight, and height
  • Not recalled
  • Well-suited for the vehicle
  • Easy to use 
  • Will be used correctly every time
  • Never been involved in a car accident

How to Install a Car Seat

To correctly buckle the car seat into the vehicle, route the seat belt or LATCH attachments through the correct belt path, attach properly and make sure you get a tight fit. This means the seat should not move more than an inch from side to side or front to back in the vehicle. Contact a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician!

Non-Regulated Products
Head supports, harness pads, mirrors and toys that did not come with your car seat have not been crash tested with your seat. There is no way of knowing how these additional products will affect the safety of your child’s car seat.

When and Why Should a Child be Placed in a Rear-Facing Car Seat?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children remain in a rear-facing seat until they are one year old and weigh at least 20 pounds. The seat should be placed at a 45-degree angle.

In the rear-facing position, the back of the seat supports the child’s back, head, and weak neck and reduces the impact of a car crash.

Valuable Resources

Many nearby entities will check your child's car seat to make sure it is properly attached and safe, and several national organizations set safety guidelines.

Local Child Passenger Safety Resources
Name Service Contact Address
Baker Fire Department Car seat checks by appointment 225-775-3712 3701 Groom Road
Central Fire Department Car seat checks by appointment 225-261-2000 11646 Sullivan Road
Port Allen Fire Department Car seat checks by appointment 225-346-5676 700 N. Alexander Avenue
West Feliciana EMS Car seat checks by appointment 225-784-0146 5663 Commerce Street
St. Francisville, LA
Lexlee's Kids
Car seat checks by appointment 225-372-3991 601 St. Charles St.
BR, LA 70802
Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge Car seat checks by appointment on Mondays 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Tracy Johnson
225-201-8888
323 E. Airport Ave.
Louisiana State Police Troop A Car seat checks by appointment 225-754-8524 17801 Highland Rd.
Alliance Safety Council Car seat checks by appointment on Wednesdays
Information on the transportation of children with special needs
Karen Ahmad
225-282-3281
10099 N. Reiger Rd.
Woman’s Hospital Community events and classes 924-8444 100 Woman's Way

 

National Resources
Name Service Contact
American Academy of Pediatrics Publishes car seat safety guide for parents; has position papers for discharge of newborns and transportation of children with special needs 847-434-4000
Fax: 847-434-8000
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) NHTSA has a regulatory role in setting compliance standards for car seats; does compliance testing on car seats; responsible for recalls and provides consumer information on child passenger safety and other topics 888-DASH-2-DOT
National SAFE KIDS Campaign National nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury—the No. 1 killer of children ages 14 and younger 202-662-0600
Fax: 202-393-2072
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Completes crash tests and provides information on safer cars