A car seat is a life saving device.
Vegas Family Events Guide takes the safety of you and your children seriously. We want you to have the information and resources necessary to make the most educated choices you can for every member of your family. One of the first choices you make as a parent is choosing a car seat, we want you to be able to make the most informed decision possible when make that purchase and when you bring your baby home or go on your first outing.
According to the CDC, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death during the first 30 years of Americans’ lives. That number is scary, but we are also proud to know that 91% of Nevadans buckle up, that’s 5 percent more than the national average. When you buckle up, make sure your child is properly buckled in the right car seat, every time. Below are resources, tips, and information that can help you keep your kids safe in a vehicle.
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What is the car seat law in Nevada?
This is a question I get asked daily as a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). The answer is short, the reality is long.
The answer, the law, NRS 484B.157, is simply stated that Nevada is a proper use state that requires the use of a child restraint until BOTH 6 years and 60 lbs are met. There are no further requirements. The proper use “clause” used in the Nevada law and many other state laws means and requires that the child’s car seat be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions, including, but not limited to proper installation, expiration, and usage according to weight and height requirements.
That’s the law. That’s where YOU begin to keep your child safe in the vehicle and where the government stops interfering on behalf of the child’s welfare.
What’s recommended in the United States for Child Passenger Safety?
The American Academy of Pediatrics updated their policy for child passenger safety as published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics to recommend the following:
- Keep toddlers rear facing until age 2, OR until they have reached the maximum height and weight for their car seat.
- Most children will require a belt-positioning booster until at least the height of 4 feet 9 inches and between the ages of 8-12 years.
- Children should ride in the vehicle’s rear seating until they are 13 years of age.
The full report can be read here. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) agrees and provides parents with a plethora of information on how to choose the right car seat and keep their children safe in a vehicle.
Safercar.gov is an easy-to-use resource for parents to determine if their child is in the right car seat, at the right time. The site provides additional helpful, and potentially life-saving information about child passenger safety as well.
Resources for Parents & Caregivers
IIHS Ratings – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates motor vehicles for their safety on the road, but the institute also evaluates belt-positioning boosters for their fit on our children. Belt fit in a booster is key to protecting your child in a motor vehicle crash.
Carseatblog Comparison Tool for car seats
Understanding Booster Fit and Use: The 5 Step Test
Car Seat Check Up Online from Safety Belt Safe
LATCH 101 from The Car Seat Lady
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Seat Checks & CPSTs in Las Vegas and Henderson
St. Rose Hospitals (Dignity Health) provides parents with the opportunity to schedule a car seat check with a CPST at locations in Henderson and the SW area. Car seat safety checks are done by appointment for a $10 fee. Please call 702.616.4902 for an appointment and locations.
AAA offices locally offer free car seat inspections by appointment. The following locations have CPSTs on staff:
3312 W. Charleston Blvd * Maura Flores: (702) 415-2245
7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd Suite 106 * Jennifer Martinez: (702) 577-9224
1000 N. Green Valley Parkway #620 * Carlos Avalos: (702) 727-2816
10075 S. Eastern Ave #109 * Catherine Contreras: (702) 727-2801
1331 W. Warm Springs Rd #110 * Kimberly Yusunas: (702) 415-2363
You are also always welcome to reach out to me with questions regarding your child’s safety. I can answer questions, schedule a private car seat check, help you choose the right car seat, or guide you towards the nearest event or car seat check. You can always reach out on Facebook or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Emily and I both take your child’s safety seriously.