What Is The Right Way To Install A Child Seat?

Stuffed Animal Giraffe in Baby Seat

What Is The Right Way To Install A Child Seat?

I can remember when my wife was pregnant and we were doing all the planning for the arrival of our first son. Painting his future room, putting together a crib, assembling the stroller and trying to make sure we would have everything ready. Little did we know how much we really didn't know.

We bought car seats for both vehicles and then I Googled the laws and proper way to install the seat. Thank goodness I came across an event being held by Safe Kids Northeast Florida, where I was able to drive over, have some one install the seat and show me the right way to install it (there is a bit more than just buckling it in. A lot to do with angles and balance). 

I know we were all raised driving in the front passenger seat and raising hell, but the laws have changed and it is best to understand what is expected of you as a responsible parent. 

Florida Law Regarding Child Restraints – Car Seats and Booster Seats

Florida law requires:

  • Children age 5 and under to be secured properly in a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device.
  • Children ages 0 to 3 must be in child restraint devices of a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat.
  • Children age 4 and 5 must be in a separate carrier, integrated child seat or booster seat.

The best child seat is one that fits your child, fits your car and that drivers will use correctly every time. Read the car seat’s instruction manual and the portion of your vehicle’s owner manual when you install a car seat.

Remember to check for car seat and booster seat recalls.

Local fire stations will assist you if you need help. 

In the beaches area you can reach out to: 

South Beach Fire Station
2500 South Beach Parkway
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Or, you can call (904) 247-6201 to make an appointment at:

Station 1
325 2nd Avenue South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

There is no charge for this service.

Safe Kids Northeast Florida Is Great

Safe Kids Northeast Florida/Wolfson Children's Hospital
Cynthia Dennis, Coordinator
Phone: 904.202.4302
E-mail: [email protected]

Florida Highway Patrol Can Also Assist

Just contact your local station. 

If You Have Any Further Questions 

Please contact Clifton Law Office, you can reach me at my contact page online or call me directly at 904-209-4883.