California Child Passenger Safety Law states that children under 4'9" need to ride in a booster seat, because they are too small to fit safely in the seatbelt without the booster. Vehicle safety belts should fit as follows: lap belt low (touching the thighs), shoulder belt across middle of chest and shoulder (not under arm or behind back), knees bent comfortably without slouching. If your child does not fit this description, use a booster!
Child Seat Safety Inspection Sites (by appointment only):
|Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District
|Boulder Creek Fire Protection District
|California Highway Patrol
|Capitola Police Department
|Santa Cruz City Fire Department
|Scotts Valley Fire Protection District
|Watsonville Fire Department
|Watsonville Police Department
Note: Whenever possible, please schedule car seat appointments 2-4 weeks in advance. The Aptos/La Selva Fire District schedules car seat appointments on Wednesdays only, and spaces fill quickly.
SEATS for KIDS Program
Child safety seats are provided through Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency SEATS for KIDS Program, with funds from County Vehicle Code fine revenues, grants and private donations. For more information, call 454-5477. Seats are available for low-income families ($15-$30 donation requested). Availablility of car seats is limited, and on a first come/first serve basis.
SEATS for KIDS Program Sites (by appointment only):
Healthy Start Centers/PVUSD:
Pajaro Valley High School
Rolling Hills Middle School
831-728-6341, ext. 4831
Starlight Elementary School
831-728-6979 ext. 5631
Live Oak Family Resource Center
1438 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz
831-454-5477 or 457-4317