Buckle Up vanHave you often wondered if your child’s car seat or booster seat is properly installed, or what the Vermont Laws are on child passenger safety?

We are here to answer both questions!

When motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among children ages 1 to 19, it is important to know that your child and his or her seat is properly secured. To do so, look no further than the Safe Kids Buckle Up Program, run by Safe Kids Vermont in partnership with the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital at the University of Vermont Medical Center. The cornerstone of this program is a child safety seat check by certified child passenger safety technicians.

These professionals teach new families how to properly install car seats. They also make sure they inspect currently installed car seats, booster seats, and seat belts to ensure that your child rides safely every time.

Many parents have not been educated on how to install their child’s car seat. In fact, 80 percent of car seats inspected by a technician are not properly installed.

Here are a few facts that every parent should know:

Vermont Law

  • All infants, under 1 year old and less than 20 pounds, must ride rear facing in an approved child restraint. Infant seats must not be placed in front of an active air bag.
  • All children up to age 8 must ride in an approved child restraint
  • All children ages 8 to 15 must ride in an approved child restraint or safety belt system.
  • If pulled over, the fine is $25 for first violation of this law, but more importantly, you may save the life of your child by properly securing them in a car.


  • Rear facing until child reaches the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer.
  • Stay in the backseat until 13 years old.
  • Stay in booster until seatbelt fits properly.

If you are unsure whether you have the appropriate seat, or that it is properly installed, call us at 802-847-1215 to set up an appointment for a seat check with our child passenger safety specialist.

the University of Vermont Medical Center also works closely with the Vermont State Be Seat Smart Program. This program educates residents about the importance of seat belts and child restraints. The Be Seat Smart website has a list of Safety Seat fitting stations that are in your area. Visit www.beseatsmart.org to find a location near you.

Interested in becoming a technician? Call 888-VMT-SEAT to reserve a spot in upcoming classes.

Learn more about Child Car Seat Safety at the UVM Medical Center. 

Christina Keating is the Injury Prevention Coordinator/Safe Kids Vermont Coordinator at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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