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How do I know when it’s time to buy a new car seat for my son? I can’t afford to buy the one that grows with him. I find it confusing…


Gary Jaffarian is happy to explain car seat regulations as recommended by law enforcement, government agencies and pediatricians. The week of September 17-23 is Child Passenger Safety Week.

I am so glad you asked this question because children who are not in the right car seat for their size are at risk of injury. Every 33 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash. Often times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

Car Seat age-size-top

The law in Massachusetts, as in most states, is that all children riding in passenger motor vehicles must be in a federally approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured according to the manufacturer’s instructions until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. When children outgrow their booster, they must wear a seat belt that is properly adjusted and fastened according to the manufacturer’s instructions until the age of 13.

It also is important to know at what age an infant should be facing toward the rear and when they should face forward. The proper car seat is dependent on the child’s age, size and weight. There are four stages of restraints and car seats for infants and young children: infant seats, toddler seats, booster seats and safety belts and there are a variety of types.

• All-in-One Seat (or convertible seat): This seat can change from a rear-facing seat to a rear-facing car seatforward-facing seat (with a harness and tether) and to a booster seat as a child grows. Because it can be used with children of various sizes, it allows for children to stay in the rear-facing position longer.

• Combination Seat: As a child grows, this seat transitions from a forward-facing seat with a harness and tether into a booster seat.

• Booster Seat with High Back: This type of booster seat is designed to boost the child’s booster seatheight so the seat belt fits properly. It also provides neck and head support and is ideal for vehicles that don’t have head rests or high seat backs.

• Backless Booster Seat: A backless booster seat is designed to boost the child’s height so the seat belt fits properly. It does not provide head and neck support. It is ideal for vehicles that have head rests.

• Seat belts on any type of seat should be fastened properly over the stronger parts of your child’s body. As your child grows, they will move from a rear facing to front facing to a booster seat.

In recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week, area Target stores (Salem and Plaistow, NH and Haverhill) are offering a car seat trade in event. Anyone who brings in a car seatChild seat belt to recycle will get an extra 20% the purchase of a new car seat or booster seat and most are on sale. Babies R Us (Salem or Nashua, NH or Peabody, MA) is offering a national safety event with 25% off all car seats online or in stores this week.

If you have any questions about the correct car seat, please see the chart here, check with your local police department on Car Seat Saturday on September 23rd. Also, if you have any questions, you can make an appointment at a Car Seat Inspection Site or call the Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Information Line at (877) 392-5956.

Keep those babies, toddler and children safe at any cost, and most importantly, drive safely.

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