1. Why should I use a child safety seat?
Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death and serious injury among children under the age of 6 in Merced County. Child safety seats protect children during a vehicle collision.
2. Does the Health Department offer child passenger safety classes?
Yes, we offer monthly child passenger safety classes, one class in English and one class in Spanish each month. Pre-registration is required to attend these classes. To call for more information or to make a reservation please call (209) 381-1136.
3. Does the Health Department offer classes in other languages?
Yes, there is a monthly Spanish class.
4. What children need to be in a child safety seat?
Babies and young children must ride in the back seat, properly buckled up in a safety seat or booster until they are at least 8 years old. Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing child safety until they are at least 2 years old. A child under age 8 who is at least 4’9” tall can wear a safety belt if it fits properly with the lap belt low on hips, touching the upper thighs and the shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest. If children are not tall enough for proper belt fit, they must ride in a booster or car seat. Additionally, all children 6 years or less may not be left alone in a vehicle. The child must be supervised in the car by someone at least age 12.
Click on the link below to view the California car seat law
5. What number can I call if I have questions about my child’s car seat?
Call the Merced County Department Public Health Car Seat Line: (209) 381-1136.
6. Why is it important that I know how to properly use my child safety seat?
When child safety seats are properly installed – children’s lives are saved. Ninety-eight percent of car seats are not installed correctly. Fatal injuries to infants and toddlers are reduced by 71% and 54% respectively, when the correct safety restraint is used properly in passenger car crashes.
7. Why should I talk to a certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician about my child safety seat?
CPS Technicians have passed a rigorous training curriculum designed by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and are certified by Safe Kids Worldwide in collaboration with the National Child Passenger Safety Board (NCPSB) to check and install any child safety seat. CPS Technicians receive up-to-date information on recalled car seats, new laws and are experts on child safety seats.