SEAT BELTS AND AIR BAGS
Buckle Up- Always wear both the lap and shoulder belt tightly.
Safety belts help keep you away from deploying air bags.
Show your children that you buckle up. Children will buckle up, if you do.
Sit back- Keep as much distance between yourself and the steering wheel, with or without an air bag, as is practical to operate the vehicle.
ALL front seat passengers must be buckled.
For Children (over 8 years of age):
Kids in Back - Whenever possible children should ride in the back seat buckled up.
Wear BOTH lap and shoulder belts, especially if a child must sit in front.
If the shoulder belt does not fit correctly, the child should remain in a booster seat, until the child is tall enough.
Many people allow children to slip the shoulder belt behind their back. This is a dangerous habit, especially in vehicles with air bags!!
If a child must sit in the front, move the seat back as far as possible, particularly in vehicles with passenger side air bags.
For Children in Car Seats
All car seats need a TIGHT FIT . Install it according to both the child safety seat manual and the vehicle's owner manual.
Rear facing infant seats - For infants from birth to 1 year old, AND who weigh up to 20 pounds. These should never used in the front seats where a passenger side air bag is present.
Forward facing seats - For children between 20-40 pounds and over 1 year of age. (some newer models allow for a child up to 60 pounds)
Booster seats - If a child has outgrown safety seats, he/she should be properly restrained in a booster seat until they are at least 8 years old, unless they are 4'9" tall or can sit with his back his/her back against the vehicle seatback with knees bent, without slouching.
Use them properly
BUCKLE UP, IT'S THE LAW
CONNECTICUT SAFETY BELT LAW - C.G.S 14-100a (c)(1)
- All drivers and front seat passengers who are not covered by the child restraint law must wear safety belts. Children between the age of 4 and 16 years of age must also use safety belts in the back seat. The driver is responsible for any passengers under the age of 16 years.
CONNECTICUT CHILD RESTRAINT LAW - C.G.S. 14-100a (d)
- Any person who transports a child under the age of 4, weighing less than 40 pounds must provide and require the child to use a child restraint system that meets the applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Any person who transports a child under the age of 4, weighing more than 40 pounds, must require the child to use a safety belt, or an approved child restraint system.
1st offense - $60.00 and mandatory attendance at a child car safety course
2nd offense - Up to $199.00 and mandatory attendance at a child car safety course (possible 2 month suspension if any person fails to attend course)
3rd offense - Class A misdemeanor
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