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Child Passenger Safety

Through the Community Outreach Department, a nationally certified child passenger safety technician is available to offer presentations of varying levels focusing on the correct use of car safety seats, booster seats, and seat belts. Information can be tailored for a variety of groups

Car Seat Check-ups are offered periodically for the general public and are scheduled by appointment on Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. based on availability at ACH. At check-up events, our trained technicians can examine your vehicle to insure correct car seat installation, correct use of restraints and safety clips, and appropriateness of the seat currently in use. Education is also provided to parents and caregivers on how to properly install the seat in their vehicle.

Arkansas Law

  • Children are required to ride in an appropriate child safety restraint until they are at least 6 years of age or 60 lbs.
  • All children under 15 years of age must be buckled no matter where they are in the vehicle.
  • The Primary Seat Belt Law requires drivers and front seat passengers to be buckled up at all times.
  • Act 811 states that it is illegal to smoke in the car with a child who is less than 14 years old.
Types of Seats

Infant Only
These seats are designed for use with infants from 5 pounds up to 20 pounds, although seats vary and some may be used as low as "birth" or 4 pounds, while others may be used up to 22 or 32 pounds. Always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions. These seats are designed to be installed rear facing and should NEVER be installed forward facing.

Convertible Seats
These seats may be used rear facing up to 30 to 40 pounds depending on the manufacturer, and then turned (converted) to a forward facing seat for children up to 40 to 80 pounds. Again, each seat is different, so it is important to read the manufacturer's instructions very carefully.

Combination Seats
These seats combine a 5-point harness seat with a booster seat. The seat is used until the child reaches the weight limit of the harness, which can range from 40 to 80 pounds. The harness is then removed and the seat is used as a booster seat. Read the manufacturer's instructions carefully because weight and height limits vary for the seat when used as a harnessed seat and a booster. Combination seats are only used forward facing.

Booster Seats
These seats are designed to help an older child over at least 40 pounds transition from a convertible seat to a vehicle seat belt. Booster seats should be used until children reach the upper weight limit of the booster seat, or until they are 4'9" tall.

Get more information on Child Passenger Safety:

We are happy to check your existing car seat for proper installation at no cost. For more information about Child Passenger Safety, please contact Charles Maxwell at MaxwellCA@archildrens.org or at 501.364.5655.

Arkansas Children's Hospital
1 Children's Way
Little Rock, AR 72202-3591

Call: 501-364-1100

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