Child Safety Seat Installation AssistanceUTMB POLICE SERVICES

The UTMB Police Department's child safety seat program is generously funded and made possible by a grant from the Rotary Club of Galveston.

To ensure the safe transportation of children in motor vehicles, the UTMB Police Department has trained a group of Child Safety Seat Technicians. These technicians will assist members of the campus community, including students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors with the proper installation of child safety seats.


2018 Child Passenger Safety National Best Practice Recommendations
Phase 1Rear-Facing SeatsRear-facing infant or rear-facing convertible safety seat as long as possible, up to the rear-facing height or weight limit of the seat. Properly install according to instructions in owner's manual, rear-facing in the back seat.
Phase 2Forward-facing SeatsWhen children outgrow the rear-facing safety seat (minimum 2+ years), they should ride in a forward-facing safety seat as long as possible, up to the upper height or weight limit of the harnesses. Usually 4+ years old. Properly installed forward-facing in the back seat. NEVER turn forward-facing before child meets all: AGE/HEIGHT/WEIGHT requirements set by safety seat manufacturer for forward-facing.
Phase 3Booster SeatsAfter age 4 and 40+ pounds and behavior maturity*, children can ride in a booster seat with the adult lap and shoulder belt until the adult safety belt will fit them properly (usually when the child is 10 – 12 years old).
MUST have a lap/shoulder belt to use a booster seat.

*Behavior maturity required according to booster seat owner's manual
Phase 4Adult Safety BeltOnce children outgrow their booster seat (usually at 10 – 12 years old) they can use the adult lap/shoulder safety belt if it fits them properly according to the vehicle manufacturer's instructions. Lap portion low over the hips/tops of thighs and shoulder belt crosses the center of the shoulder and center of the chest.

Children are better protected the longer they can stay in each phase. Keep children in each seat up to the maximum age/weight/height limits before moving to the next phase. ALL children younger than age 13 years should ride properly restrained in the back seat.


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