FACT or MYTH: Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.

March 2017

In Kentucky, any child under 40 inches tall must be in a child and/or infant seat. Any child who is under seven years of age and is between 40 and 50 inches tall, must be in a booster seat. All children over seven years of age and over 50 inches tall must be secured in a seat belt.  The reasons for parents to adhere to these standards to protect their children are compelling; according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are the number one killer of children age 3 to 14 in the United States.

The good news is that these deaths are easily preventable. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent, and older children sitting in a booster seat in the back seat of a car are 45 percent less likely to be injured in a crash than children using a seatbelt alone. To keep your kids safe, the key is to put your kids in the right seat at the right time and use the seat in the right way. Here are some car seat safety guidelines for doing just that:

  • Buy the appropriate size for your child's height and weight: infants, toddlers, and young children all have different safety seat needs.
  • Continually re-evaluate. Your children are growing and their car seat safety needs will change with them. Make sure they have an up to date car seat or booster seat for their current needs.
  • Make sure to replace your seat after any moderate or severe crash. Follow recommended criteria to evaluate the safety of the seat after these types of incidents.
  • Register your seat with the manufacturer after purchase, so you will be notified of any recalls.

If you would like to check on your child's car seat, follow these steps:

  • Locate the manufacturer's name, date and model number on your car seat
  • Go to
  • Click on the 'Recalls' link
  • Click 'View' to see the recalled carseat list

Kentucky's Care Seat Brochure

  • Visit a local car seat inspection station to have a certified technician inspect your child's car seat, and show you how to correctly install and use it. An estimated 73 percent of car seats are used or installed incorrectly, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Many police departments and fire stations will do this inspection for you. Below are list of stations in our area:


Marshall Co. Health Department
307 East 12th Street
Benton, KY 42025
By Appointment Only
Contact: Sherri Erwin

Paducah Fire Department
301 Washington St
Paducah, KY 42003
8:00am-5:00pm By Appointment Only

Mayfield Fire Department
104 North 6th Street  
Mayfield, KY 42066
Graves County
08:30-4:30 by appointment
Contact: Jason Baldwin




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