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Child Safety Seat Information

Car Seat Registration

One of the most important goals for child passenger safety is to make sure that car seats and boosters meet all Federal Safety Standards. If it is determined that a car seat or booster doesn’t comply with the required safety standards, a recall may occur so that the manufacturer can fix the problem. Registering your seat makes sense because it gives the manufacturer the ability to contact you about recalls and safety notices. For more information about how to register your car seat or booster, please click here

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Idaho’s Child Restraint Law
Idaho Code 49-672
Idaho’s Child Passenger Safety Law will require that all children 6 years of age or younger be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety restraint. This is a primary law, the fine is $79.00. This new law replaces the language of the old law concerning weight and age requirements of children being transported in a motor vehicle. This law took effect July 1st, 2005.

An appropriate child restraint is a child safety seat for children up to 40 lbs and a belt- positioning booster seat for children 6 years or younger. Lap-belt only seating positions should not be used with a booster seat.
New Car Seat Recommendations for Children of all ages

  • Select a car seat based on your child's age, height, and weight. Click here to find the right car seat for your chlid.
  • Keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as your child fits the seat's height and weight requirements.
  • Follow your car seat manufacturer’s instruction and your vehicle owner’s manual on how to install.
  • GET HELP – Certified technicians are available to check your car seat installation for free. Click HERE to find your nearest inspection station.
Car Seat Recommendations for Children – English
Recomendaciones de seguridad para el nino pasajero - Espanol

The WHALE program
"We Have A Little Emergency" - identification card gives emergency personnel information to identify young children in the event of a crash. Rescue workers can refer to an identification card attached to the child safety seat and find the child's name, medical information and whom to contact in the event of an emergency.
To learn more, click here
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Flash demo
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Flash demo
Partners for Child Passenger Safety
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance has joined forces to conduct the nations largest child-specific surveillance study. To see the results of this research see the effects of an improper restrained child video click here.
Child Passenger Safety Laws
If you happen to be travelling in other states, please be aware that other state laws differ from Idaho’s.  All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands require child safety seats for infants and children fitting specific criteria.  Click here for a link to other states’ laws pertaining to child passenger safety.
Child Safety Seat Ratings
The purpose of NHTSA’s ease of use rating program is to educate parents and caregivers about child safety seat features and which are easy to use click here.

For child safety seat RECALLS click here

Child Safety Check Sites
It is important to read and clearly understand all safety and booster seat installation and use instructions. Having your child safety seat initially inspected and re-inspected often by a trained professional increases your child's chances of escaping injury in the event of a car crash. To locate  a safety seat check site in your area, click here.
Used Child Safety Seats
Don’t buy or sell used car seats.  Although it is nice to share and reuse baby items, car seats are one product that shouldn’t be reused.  The components used in the typical car seat deteriorate and weaken over time.  Car seats have an expiration date stamped on the back of the seat; the expiration date is typically six years from the seat’s manufacture date.  If you are ready to retire a seat, click here, for tips.   This article provided courtesy of Consumer Reports.*

*Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union. Both Consumer Reports and Consumers Union are not-for-profit organizations that accept no advertising. Neither has any commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor on this site.
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Sherry Jenkins
Office of Highway Safety
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Fax: 208.334.4430
Page Last Modified: 9/30/2014 11:53:35 AM

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