New Florida Child Seat Law Takes Effect

Happy New Year! January in Florida generally brings with it new laws and 2015 is no exception.

As of Thursday, January 1, 2015, all motor vehicle operators in the state are required to use a crash tested and federally approved child restraint device for children five years of age or younger.[1] The previous cutoff was age three.

Beyond having one, it is vitally important that car seats and boosters are installed correctly and are the correct size and type. Locally, the Leon County Emergency Medical Services Child Passenger Safety Seat Program helps advise the public on these topics through outreach and education.

Frequently appearing at community events, the county's certified child passenger safety technicians are otherwise available by appointment to provide free training, advice and seats.

For a quick overview of Florida's child restraint law and the Leon County service, watch this two minute news segment by Garin Flowers of WTSP 10 News.

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You can learn more about car seat safety on the following pages.

Leon County Emergency Medical Services

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Chart of car seats by child's age and size

[1] § 316.613(1)(a), Florida Statutes (2014).

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