4 out of 5 children aren’t properly secured in their safety seats
Solano Car Seat Connection is here to help you learn how to use car safety seats from before your baby’s birth through when your child is at least 4’9” tall or 8-years-old. And remember, If you’re expecting a baby, you’ll need a car seat for the ride home from the hospital.
Free, hands-on training
To help you keep your precious family members safe and secure, we offer hands-on educational classes and car seat inspections to ensure the safety of your little ones. Our educational program is free. Certified technicians train parents and caregivers how to use safety seats (car seats) from infant to booster.
Classes are scheduled in English and Spanish in most cities in Solano County. Make an appointment to practice installing infant/child safety seats by calling (707) 784-8638 or for Spanish, (707) 784-8637. Qualifying families are eligible to receive a car seat voucher towards the purchase of a low cost safety seat.
Free, safety seat inspections
If you want reassurance that your child’s car seat is properly installed, make an appointment for a free safety seat inspection by calling (707) 784-8638 or find a site near you. Certified technicians will show you how to correctly use your child’s safety seat.
Car seat law updates
Did you know that as of January 2017, a new law went into effect regarding car seats? Infants must be rear facing until they are 2 years old unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall. Not having the car seat rear facing will be a ticketable offense.
According to California law, as of January 2012, all children under 8 years old are required to be properly buckled in a car seat or booster seat placed in the back seat of the vehicle. The only exception is a child who is 4-feet 9-inches in height or taller.
If you’re expecting a baby, you’ll need a car seat for the ride home from the hospital. In addition, children are required by law to be properly buckled in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4 feet, 9 inches tall.
Choosing a safety seat
The following information is provided to assist in the selection and installation of an appropriate safety seat for your child. Please be sure to read and follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions as well as the instructions in the owner’s manual for your vehicle.
- Rear-facing infant seat: appropriate for newborns and infants, birth to 22 pounds, and up to 26 to 29 inches long, depending on the seat model.
- Convertible seat: appropriate for newborns and infants from birth to toddlers weighing up to 40 pounds, depending on the seat model.
- Forward-facing and combination seat: appropriate for a child over one year of age (20 to 30 pounds) up to 40 pounds, depending on the model.
- Belt-positioning booster: appropriate for children over 40 pounds to a maximum of 80 to 100 pounds, depending on the model. Check instruction manual for weight limit.
- Latch-anchoring system: go to NHTSA Child Latch
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a continually updated list of child passenger seat recalls on their website at NHTSA.
California Highway Patrol CHP
Car Seat Connection contact: (707) 784-8637