For the best protection of children and to abide by the law, parents should try to adhere to the following when buckling up their child:
Child ages: 0 – at least 12 months and at least 20 pounds – use a rear-facing infant seat. Keep your child rear-facing as long as your child car seat allows.
Age: 13 months to age four – use a child car seat with a five-point harness.
Age: four to 4’9” tall – use a booster seat. Boosters should only be placed with a lap and shoulder belt.
Age: up to age 13 – children must ride in the rear seat of the vehicle.
The local pilot project is coordinated by The Grays Harbor County Traffic Safety Task Force. Similar projects are running in the Spokane, Moses Lake, and Wenatchee areas.
Parents needing more information about correctly installing their child car seat or about this project can call Susan Bradbury at 360.249.3711 x576 or visit www.800bucklup.org.