Car Seat Safety
Many serious injuries occur when children ride in seats that are not right for their age or size or are not installed correctly. Maryland's Child Passenger Safety Seat Law covers children birth to 16. Every child under 8 years old must ride in an appropriate child restraint unless the child is 4 feet, 9 inches or taller.
Studies show that 90% of car seats are used incorrectly. When properly installed, car safety seats can reduce the risk of death by 71% in infants and by 54% in toddlers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Johns Hopkins Resources
The Johns Hopkins Children's Safety Center safety experts can give you advice about keeping your child safe at home, during recreation, and in a vehicle. The center sells a variety of home safety items at very affordable prices. A certified child passenger safety technician can make sure your child's car seat is installed correctly. The installation and inspection service is either $10 or free for families who receive medical assistance, WIC, or have other documented needs. The center also offers reduced-cost car seats for purchase and infant car seats for a one year loan for families who qualify.
Call 410-614-5587 or e-mail the Health Educator for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Please have the following information ready when you call:
- Child's age, weight, and height
- Brand and specific model of car seat
- Make, model, and year of car
Car Seat Safety Checks
There are many locations that will check your child's safety seat to ensure it is installed properly,