Child Safety Seat Information
Ensure the safety of your precious cargo, have your child safety seat checked!
If you are a Hanover County resident or work in Hanover County, contact the Hanover Sheriff's Office at (804-365-6140) to have a certified technician inspect and/or install your child safety seat.
Child Safety Seat Check
The National SAFE KIDS Campaign recommends that whenever possible, children ages 12 and under ride in the back seat of a vehicle.
The safest position for a safety seat, is the back seat, secured with the LATCH system, if equipped, or seat belt. Virginia state law also requires that any child secured in a safety seat must ride in the back seat. The only exception is if the vehicle does not have a back seat AND the passenger side airbag, if equipped, is turned off.
- A child should ride in a rear-facing seat until age 2, unless the child reaches the weight limit of the rear facing position (as prescribed by the manufacturer). A rear-facing safety seat should never be placed in a vehicle seat equipped with an air bag, unless the airbag is turned off.
- After the child reaches age 2 or has reached the maximum weight range of the rear position, then a child can ride in a forward-facing seat equipped with internal harnesses. (This becomes Virginia state law, effective July 1, 2019).
- When a child reaches the height and weight limit of their forward-facing seat (as prescribed by the manufacturer), they should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat, to be used in combination with an adult lap and shoulder belt. A child should remain in the booster seat until he/she is at least 8 years of age.
VA State Code reference: 46.2-1095
To be able to use an adult seat belt, the child should be at least 8 years of age, and:
- He can sit against the back of the seat and bend his knees over the front edge of the vehicle seat.
- The lap belt makes good contact low over his hips.
- The shoulder belt makes good contact across his chest and collarbone, not at face.
- Child's feet can rest on the floor board.
Misuse: Vehicle's seat belt is not correctly routed through the child safety seat belt path.
Consequences: Child seat may not be held securely during a crash allowing contact with interior surfaces.
Misuse: Harness retainer clip improperly used (improperly threaded and set below armpit level).
Consequences: Harness straps can slip off shoulders allowing movement during a crash.
Misuse: Harness straps not tight enough and harness straps worn and frayed.
Consequences: Looseness in the child safety seat restraint system results in compounding crash forces experienced by the child. Higher crash forces mean more severe injuries!