Child's Age/Weight/Height Type of Seat Location of Seat
0-1 year 20 lbs. or less Rear-facing Rear seat if available
1-3 years greater than 20lbs Forward-facing Rear seat if available
4-8 years & Less than 4'9" foot tall(change as of 1 July 2005) Belt Positioning Booster Seat Rear seat if available
9-12 yrs or over 4'9" foot tall Seat belt system Rear seat recommended
13 yrs through 17 yrs Must be belted Must be belted

How do you determine if your child still needs a booster seat? Below is a simple 5 step test to help you determine their need...

  1. Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
  2. Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat?
  3. Does the belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm?
  4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
  5. Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?

If you answered NO to any of these questions, your child needs a booster seat to ride SAFELY in the car.

If you have any questions or would like to have your child seat inspected by one of our technicians, please feel free to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 423-788-1414.

*Information obtained from the Governors Highway Safety Office.


2005 Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings
Comprehensive Child Passenger Safety Information
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