Car Seat Safety Program

Seven out of 10 car seats are used incorrectly. Be sure yours is not one of them! Wayne County Health Center has a certified technician on staff to inspect your child safety seat and show you how to correctly install and use it. Please contact the health center for an appointment at (573) 224-3218.

Infant-only seats are rear-facing seats designed for infants from birth to at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds. The rear-facing position protects the infant’s fragile neck and chest.
Convertible seats are designed for children up to 40 pounds. They are installed rear-facing for infants and forward-facing for children between ages 1 and 4 and between 20 and 40 pounds.
Most collisions happen close to home. So no matter how short the ride, make sure everyone in the car is buckled up, including you!

Never put infant in the front passenger seat of a vehicle with a passenger side air bag. The back of a rear facing infant or convertible seat rests too close to the air bag compartment.

When your child weights 40-80 pounds (usually between ages 4 and 8) use a belt-positioning  car booster seat.

When your child is big enough to wear a lap shoulder belt only, make sure the shoulder strap fits snugly low across the child’s shoulder and not across the neck or back. NEVER put a shoulder belt under the child’s arms or behind the child’s back.

The safest place for all children under 12 is to be buckled in the middle of the back seat. Little ones need to be in the correct safety seat. For more details visit NHTSA at

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