In the state of Florida, if you are transporting a child (aged 5 or under) in a motor vehicle, you must use a restraint device. For children aged 3 and under, a carrier or car seat must be used. For children aged 4 through 5, a carrier, car seat or seat belt may be used. Child restraint requirements are detailed in Florida Statute 316.613. Any driver can be stopped and ticketed for not having a child under the age of 4 in a child seat.
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Department of Transportation have put together an easy to follow brochure containing guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on their age and size. The brochure is available in English and Spanish.
You can check to see if your child safety restraint is the subject of a manufacturer's recall by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects 'Defects and Recalls' website.
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