Car Seat Check Ups

Did You Know?

  • Motor vehicle accidents represent the leading cause of death for children ages 2 to 12 in the United States

  • National studies have found that as many as 90% of car seats are not installed properly

Choosing the Right Seat

Whenever you are on the road, make sure your child passengers are buckled into properly secured child safety seats that are appropriate for their size. As children grow, there are four stages of child passenger safety which require different seats as shown below. Check the safety seat manufacturers' instructions for the exact height and weight limits of each seat.

  • Rear Facing Seat (75)

    Stage One: Rear-Facing Seats


    Placed in the back seat;
    Used from birth to at least 1 year old and at least 20 pounds
  • Forward Facing Toddler Seat (75)

    Stage Two: Forward-Facing Toddler Seats


    Placed in the back seat;
    Used from age 1 and 20 pounds to about age 4 and 40 pounds
  • Booster Seat (75)

    Stage Three: Booster Seats


    Placed in the back seat;
    Used from about age 4 to at least age 8, unless 4'9" tall
  • Safety Belt (75)

    Stage Four: Safety Belts


    All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat;
    Used from age 8 and older or taller than 4'9"

Proper Safety Seat Installation

After choosing the most appropriate seat, proper installation is the next step to ensuring safety. Almost 90% of safety seats are installed incorrectly – most parents are unaware of improper installation. Having your child’s safety seat installed by a certified safety seat technician is one of the most effective ways to ensure proper installation.

Schedule a Free Appointment with Boston EMS

If you need assistance with safety seat installation, we are here to help. The Boston EMS offers free safety seat checks and installation, ensuring your child’s car seat is appropriately sized and installed correctly. We will also ensure your child is properly buckled in to his or her seat. In 2011, we conducted 477 car seat inspections and distributed 121 car seats. Reach out to us if you need assistance!

To make an appointment call 617-343-6891.

Buckle up, it's the law!

The Massachusetts Child Passanger Safety Law was amended in July of 2008 to include booster seat requirements. The Law also dictates that:

  • Children must be in a federally approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old OR over 57" tall.

  • Children ages 8 through 12 must wear a properly fastened safety belt.

  • A police officer can stop your vehicle if a child age 12 or under is not properly restrained.


Child at Boston EMS Carseat Event (527)