Car Seat Safety and Installation Tips | Anne Arundel County Health … – Anne Arundel County Department of Health

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of injuries among young children in Anne Arundel County. Using your child’s car safety seat correctly helps reduce motor vehicle injuries and death. Below are some quick check tips, virtual inspection resources and links to more information.
*New Child Passenger Safety Law Effective 10/1/22
In April 2022, Maryland lawmakers passed SB 176, a bill that will upgrade the state’s law that protects children traveling on our roadways. The new law goes into effect on October 1, 2022, and states that children must be kept rear-facing until at least two years of age, unless the child meets or exceeds the height and weight on the seat’s guidelines. Having a seat that properly fits the child is also another important consideration. SB 176 brought Maryland in line with laws in 16 other states (CA, CT, IL, LA, ME, NE, NJ, NY, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, VA, WA) and the District of Columbia.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides information that allows consumers to identify child safety seat restraints that affect ease of use.
The following places have personnel trained to check your child’s car safety seat.
Maryland’s Child Passenger Safety Law requires that children under 8 years old be in a car safety seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. However, these are minimal standards and children should remain in their child safety seat until they can fit the lap and shoulder belt correctly. Check your safety seat manufacturers’ instructions for weight and height limits as they can vary.
The following links provide more information:
For more information on child safety seats or other injury prevention programs in Anne Arundel County, call 410-767-6016