COVID-19 UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE THAT AT THIS TIME WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE CAR SEAT SAFETY INSPECTIONS OR INSTALLATIONS.
Please know that you can still call us with any questions you may have, and below we have listed a few resources that you may find helpful during this period:
- Britax is now offering 30 Minute Virtual Car Seat Checks for free, for any brand of car seat. Click here to fill out the request form to schedule an appointment.
- Evenflo is also offering free video support and installation help for Evenflo only car seats. Click here to choose an appointment time with their specialist.
- Many manufacturers are still offering customer service support over the phone to assist you in installing their car seats. Make sure you have the manual to your seat handy, and write down the make, model and expiration date of your car seat (usually found on the label near the bottom of the seat) before you call.
Maine’s law requires that:
- Children under 2 years of age must ride rear-facing in a 5-point harness child restraint system.
- A child 2 years of age or older and weighing less than 55 lbs. must be secured in a 5-point harness child restraint system.
- A child who weighs less than 80 lbs., who is less than 57″ in height, and who is less than 8 years old must be secured in a belt-positioning child restraint system (a forward-facing child safety seat or a booster seat).
- A child under 12 years old who weighs less than 100 lbs. must be properly secured in the rear seat of the vehicle, if possible.
- And a child under 18 years old that does not require a belt-positioning child restraint system as outlined above, must be properly secured in a seat belt.
Don’t get stuck without the right safety seat for your child. Maine’s Bureau of Highway Safety provides folks in Maine with certain types of child car seats at no cost*. If you are eligible for WIC, SNAP, TANF or MaineCare you may be eligible for a free car seat.
To contact our car seat safety program call: Anneke at 255-0481 or Nicole at 255-0438
If you have ANY questions about child safety seats or the Bureau of Highway Safety’s Car Seat Distribution program call one of the techs listed above today. Or click here to visit the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety website for a list of inspection stations and car seat distribution sites throughout the state.
* Income restrictions apply
OUR TECHs FAVORITE RESOURCES:
Buckling Up When You’re Pregnant: A guide to using your seatbelt when you’re expecting
Checklist – Rear and Forward Facing – our Safety Tech’s favorite checklist for parents! Two-sided checklist covers installation tips for kids of all ages
Safety Seat Warnings and Recalls: Search this site to see if your child’s safety seat has had a recall warning issued
Why rear-facing is safest: We can’t say enough about how important this is. Here are two great articles for parents to read about the benefits of keeping children rear-facing:
- Keeping Young Children Safe in Cars has great statistics and explains why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has changed their recommendations to keep children rear-facing longer
- Keeping Your Child Rear Facing is a short and powerful summary citing crash test stats and highlighting AAP and NHTSA rear-facing recommendations
- Rear Facing Safety Explained in Pictures: Check out this great infographic from Parenting Pod. They explain crash forces and how children’s bodies are affected when riding in car seats. This graphic shows why it is so important that toddlers stay rear-facing. Here’s a sneak peak at a little piece of this terrific infographic:
MORE RESOURCES WE RECOMMEND:
The Ultimate Car Seat Guide: An interactive online tool from SafeKids.org to find the right car seat for your child’s needs
Car Seat Safety for Kids: Tips and tons of great resources and information from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Top 5 Things to check when buckling your child in a car seat
Tips for Transporting Premature Babies: a handy information sheet if your baby is born early or requires a car bed when traveling
Parents Guide To Playing It Safe: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) put together this comprehensive guide for parents on child safety in and around vehicles. Includes a list of safety features for most makes & models of vehicles
Surprising Dangers of Infant Car Seats: A great article for parents of newborns and a reminder to use that infant carrier only when traveling in your vehicle
Teen Driving Infographic: This chart illustrates the pitfalls and risks for teen drivers and where parents can make a difference. Crash data collected from 2014. Great conversation starter