CHILD SEAT SAFETY
Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death in children. Proper restraint of child passengers - through use of car seats and seat belts - reduces the risks significantly.
Most car seats are used incorrectly. We offer free car seat checkups by appointment with a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Locations alternate between Mariner Fire Station 11 and Martha Lake Fire Station 21.
To schedule a car seat check appointment, contact Shawneri Guzman, Fire & Life Safety Education Specialist, (425) 551-1254.
Children under age 13 must ride in the back seat. It’s the law. Trucks and two-seater vehicles are exempt. Washington state law requires:
- Keep infants in rear-facing seats until they are at least 2 years of age or maximum weight allowed by car seat manufacturer.
- When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat.
- Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should ride in booster seats until the vehicle seat belts fits properly (usually around age 8, or when they are 4’9” tall).
- When children outgrow their booster seats, they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly.