CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

Child Safety Seat

 

OREGON CHILD RESTRAINT LAW
Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh forty pounds or reach the upper weight limit for the carseat in use. Infants must ride rear-facing until they reach both one year of age AND twenty pounds.

BOOSTER SEAT LAW
Children over forty pounds or who have reached the upper weight limit for their forward-facing carseat must use boosters to 4'9" tall or age eight and the adult belt fits correctly.

CHANGE TO CHILD SEAT LAW effective January 2012: Current law requires children to move from a child seat to a booster after forty pounds. House Bill 3590 signed by Governor 6/9/2011 will allow continued use of child seats up to the highest weight limit allowed by the seat manufacturer, as an alternative to boosters, for children over forty pounds but under age eight or less than 4'9" tall.

NATIONAL "BEST PRACTICE" RECOMMENDATIONS
Click for the latest national best practices recommendations from USDOT National Highway Traffic Safety.

BELT OR BOOSTER?
Belt fit can vary greatly from one vehicle to another and one child to another. If your child meets Oregon's legal requirements for moving from a booster seat to safety belt but you still have doubts about whether your child fits in the belt in your particular vehicle, then the following simple test can help. Place your child in the vehicle without a booster seat and then ask these questions. Until you can answer YES to all of the questions, your child should stay in a booster seat.

1. Can the child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat?
2. Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat?
3. Does the shoulder belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm?
4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
5. Can the child stay comfortably seated like this for the whole trip?

NEVER leave children alone in or around vehicles…not even for a minute!

  • The temperature inside a car can reach deadly levels in minutes.
  • Children can set the vehicle in motion.
  • Drivers have difficulty seeing small children when they back up.
  • The child might leave the vehicle to go look for you.
  • Your child can be abducted.

Car-seat inspections are available, by appointment, please call 541-440-4486.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY CHILD SAFETY SEAT COALITION

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with Douglas County Fire District #2, Roseburg Police Department, Sutherlin Police Department, Myrtle Creek Police Department, Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation has formed the Douglas County Child Safety Seat Coalition (DCCSSC). The mission of the DCCSSC is to reduce the number of children who are injured and killed unnecessarily on the streets, roads and highways in Douglas County.

Through community partnerships with both public and private entities, the Coalition will provide organized education and training, safety seat inspections and clinics that will increase the proper use of child safety seats following the recommendations of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The Coalition also provides convertible, combination and booster safety seats - at a discounted price to financially qualified families - the intention being to increase the rate of safety seat use.

For more information about the Douglas County Child Safety Seat Coalition, contact Andrea Zielinski at 541-440-4486.

What are the most common child safety seat installation mistakes?

  • Not using the right child safety seats for a child’s size and age;
  • Not placing the child safety seat in the correct direction;
  • Incorrect installation of the child safety seat in relation to the vehicle’s air bags;
  • Incorrect installation and tightness of the child safety seat to the vehicle seat;
  • Not securing or tightening the child safety seat’s harness and crotch straps;
  • Improper use of locking clips for certain vehicle safety belts;
  • Not making sure the vehicle’s seat belts fit properly across the child when using a booster seat; and  
  • Using a defective or broken child safety seat.

Is your child riding safely?

The following certified child passenger safety technicians are available to inspect car seats, answer questions and provide hands-on installation education free of charge.  Appointments are encouraged.

Douglas County Child Safety Seat Coalition Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians:

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Andrea Zielinski 541-440-4486 apzielin@co.douglas.or.us
Oregon Dept. of Transportation Rosalee Senger 541-957-3657 rosalee.a.senger@odot.state.or.us
Douglas County Sheriff's Office Michael Pariani 541-440-4471 meparian@co.douglas.or.us
Douglas County Sheriff's Office Noel Garcia 541-440-4471 nzgarcia@co.douglas.or.us
Roseburg Police Department Aaron Dunbar 541- 492-6783 adunbar@cityofroseburg.org
Oregon State Police Mark Moore 541-391-2510 mark.moore@state.or.us