Child Passenger Safety Seat Law
Children must ride in the BACK SEAT in a properly secured child passenger restraint system (car seat/booster) until they are AT LEAST 8 years old (some exceptions). Vehicle safety belt should fit as follows: lap belt low (touching the thighs), shoulder belt across middle of chest and shoulder (not under arm or behind back), knees bent comfortably without slouching. If your child does not fit this description, make sure they ride in a booster seat!
Car Seat Recommendations Flyer
Child Seat Safety Inspection Sites (by appointment only)
Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District 831-685-6690
California Highway Patrol 831-662-0511
Santa Cruz County Health Services 831-454-5477
Santa Cruz City Fire Department 831-420-5280
Scotts Valley Fire Protection District 831-438-0211
Watsonville Fire Department 831-768-3209
Please schedule car seat appointments 4-6 weeks in advance
SEATS for KIDS Program
Child safety seats are provided through Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency SEATS for KIDS Program, with funds from County Vehicle Code fine revenues, grants and private donations. For more information, call 454-5477. Seats are available for low-income families ($15-$30 donation requested). Availablility of car seats is limited, and on a first come/first serve basis (by appointment only)
Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency
Healthy Start Program, Pajaro Valley Unified School District
831-728-6979, ext. 5631
Check out these web sites for more information on child passenger safety:
SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. A web site that answers the questions: Is your car seat safe? Has it been recalled? What is the proper way to install a car seat? Also has printable handouts for parents and caregivers.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "Child Safety" Web Site This website provides information, reports, instructions, reviews of products and other information regarding child safety in vehicles.
Safe Kids Worldwide The main website of Safe Kids, a national and worldwide organization dedicated to reducing and preventing unintentional childhood injuries and deaths.
Kids Plates Buy a license plate that lets the world know you're a Star! Proceeds from your plate fund programs that benefit California's child injury prevention efforts, such as bicycle safety, drowning prevention, fall prevention, fire and burn prevention, motor vehicle occupant protection, pedestrian safety, poisoning prevention, firearm safety, and sudden infant death syndrome; child abuse prevention and, child care health and safety training.