A car seat is a life saving device.
Vegas Family 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 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..
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.
Car Seat Checks in Las Vegas and Henderson
Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs)are certified through Safe Kids International to educate parents on the proper installation and use of child restraints. We are quite fortunate to have some of the best CPSTs in the country right here in Las Vegas.
Getting your child’s car seat checked is the best way to make sure they’re properly protected and as safe a possible. Car seats checks by CPSTs are low cost or often free.
Find car seats checks in Las Vegas and Henderson below.
We also post car seat safety events on our calendar.
Car Seat Checks at UMC Healthy Living Institute
UMC Healthy Living Institute offers car seat education and resources. To schedule an appointment email email@example.com or call them at (702) 383-7353. Follow them on Facebook for special events and classes.
Car Seat Checks with Dignity Health
Dignity Health offers car seat checks by appointment on the 1st Tuesday of each month, and the 2nd and 4th Fridays. Locations alternate.
To schedule an appointment with a CPST at Dignity Health please call (702) 616-4902.
Car Seat Checks with Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP)
The NHP Office of Traffic Safety can help with car seat installations. A CPST is available by appointment only.
To make an appointment call (702) 432-5124
Car Seat Safety Best Practices
The American Academy of Pediatrics updated their policy for child passenger safety in August of 2018.
The AAP’s recommendation is as follows:
- Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat. Most convertible seats have limits that will allow children to ride rear-facing for 2 years or more.
- Once they are facing forward, children should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible, until they reach the height and weight limits for their seats. Many seats can accommodate children up to 65 pounds or more.
- When children exceed these limits, they should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle’s lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly. This is often when they have reached at least 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years old.
- When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for optimal protection.
- All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.
The full report can be read here.
Nevada Carseat Laws
Nevada car seat laws can be found in NRS 484B.157.
As of January 1, 2022, Nevada law is as follows:
- A child less than 2 years of age must be rear facing in an appropriate child restraint in the back seat of a vehicle
- A child less than 6 years of age and less than 57″ must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint when being transported in a motor vehicle.
Nevada also has a proper use clause in the law. Proper use 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. We always recommend to use best practices, which exceed the law and help you keep your child as safe as possible while in a motor vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 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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