Child Passenger Safety

The Southlake Police and Fire Departments have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff to help you inspect your car seat and to make sure it is properly installed. If you would like to schedule an appointment please contact one of our technicians. The appointment will take approximately 30 minutes and you will need to bring your car seat and vehicle owners manuals to your appointment. 

Did you know?


  • Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among children ages 1 to 10.
  • Children ages 2 to 5 who use safety belts are four times more likely to suffer a serious head injury in a crash than those in child safety seats or booster seats.
  • Of those children ages 12 and under who died in vehicle crashes in 2011, 33% were unrestrained.
  • Children should ride in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.
 

Ages and Stages

Birth up to Age 2
Rear-facing car seat. For the best possible protection, infants and children should be buckled in a rear-facing car seat, in the back seat, until age 2 or when they reach the upper weight or height limits of their particular seat. Check the seat’s owner’s manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits.
Age 2 up to at least Age 5
Forward-facing car seat. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats they should be buckled in a forward-facing car seat, in the back seat, until at least age 5 or when they reach the upper weight or height limit of their particular seat. Check the seat’s owner’s manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits.
Age 5 up until seat belts fit properly
Booster seat. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, (by reaching the upper height or weight limit of their seat), they should be buckled in a belt positioning booster seat until seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). Remember to keep children properly buckled in the back seat for the best possible protection.
Once Seat Belts Fit Properly without a Booster Seat
Children no longer need to use a booster seat once seat belts fit them properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). The recommended height for proper seat belt fit is 57 inches tall. For the best possible protection keep children properly buckled in the back seat.