Do you know the newest laws for child car seat safety in California? California State law states that each child shall be properly restrained in a child safety seat, booster seat, or other restraint system in the back seat, until the child is 8 years old or at least 4’9” in height. According to the CHP,
- Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
- Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4′ 9″ in height may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat.
Infants who are under the age of one or weigh less than 20 pounds must be secured in a rear facing seat. However, earlier today, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 53 which will take effect in 2017 and will extend the requirement for rear-facing seats to cover infants up to the age of two years with some exceptions for children who weigh more than 40 pounds or are taller than 40 inches.
If you are not sure if your car seat is properly installed, check out one of these local resources for a car seat inspection.
CSAA/AAA offers free car seat inspections. Inspections are open to the public and appointments should be made 6-8 weeks in advance. Check online for upcoming inspection sites/dates.
Each Area office has a safety seat technician available to check seats. You can locate a local office and call for an appointment. Some of the local CHP inspection sites are:
- San Jose CHP Car seat checks available by appointment only Tuesday and Thursday after 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment call 408-467-5400.
- Hollister-Gilroy CHP Car seat checks available twice a month by appointment only. To schedule call Public Affairs at 408-848-2324.
Good Samaritan Hospital, ACCESS
ACCESS, the Good Samaritan Hospital volunteer auxiliary, offers a bi-weekly car seat fitting station open to the community.
Good Samaritan Hospital
Rear parking lot
2425 Samaritan Drive
San Jose, CA 95124
Tiny Tots Diaper Service
Tiny Tots Diaper Service in Campbell offers a car seat inspection service. The $45 fee includes a 30-minute session that can accommodate up to two car seats in two cars within an immediate family.
Tiny Tots Baby Boutique
138 Railway Ave
Campbell, CA 95008
Need more information about car seats? Check out the AAA Safe Seats for Kids web site.