Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children in Washington. In spite of child passenger restraint laws, more than half of the children killed in crashes were completely unrestrained.

Our goal is to save children’s lives by helping parents learn to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.

Child passenger safety projects

We provide technical support, training, and materials for child passenger safety programs, and work closely with the statewide Child Passenger Safety Program.

Child passenger safety laws

Washington law requires that child passengers use child restraint systems (car seats and boosters) until the child is eight years old, unless the child is four feet nine inches or taller. The law states a child who is eight years of age or older, or four feet nine inches or taller, shall be properly restrained with the seat belt properly adjusted and fastened; or continue using an appropriately fitting child restraint system. Children under age 13 shall ride in a back seat position where it is practical to do so. Washington also requires every person sixteen years of age or older operating or riding in a motor vehicle to wear the safety belt assembly in a properly adjusted and securely fastened manner. You can see detailed information in Washington’s Child Passenger Restraint law. You can also view the Five-Step Test, which can be performed to verify that a child is properly secured in a vehicle.

Child car seat installation advice

You can have your child car seat checked for correct installation. Contact the Washington State Child Passenger Safety Program Manager at this link or by calling 253-447-3257.

Program Contact

Cesi Velez – Project Manager

253.447.3257 velezc@ci.bonney-lake.wa.us

MJ Haught – Program Manager

360.725.9879 mjhaught@wtsc.wa.gov

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