Child Seat Safety

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Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and your passengers in a crash. It is extremely important to ensure all children riding in your vehicle be properly secured before every trip.

Thousands of children are injured or killed every year because their child passenger safety seats are not installed properly. Unfortunately, most collisions occur within a mile of the home – so buckle your child in a safety seat for every trip, no matter how short the distance.

If you’re not confident with how to properly secure your child in a safety seat, please contact the UCI Police Department or click on this link to locate a local Area Office in California.



Parents and caregivers are encouraged to follow the four step guideline below to determine which restraint system is best suited to proect children based on age and size.

child safety seat respective to the age of a child

There are many car seat choices on the market. Use the points below to help you choose the type of car seat that best meets your child’s needs.
  • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, choose a seat that fits in your vehicle, and use it every time.
  • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions (check height and weight limits) and read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or lower anchors and a tether, if available.
  • To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.