Child Safety Seats

Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Many of these deaths can be prevented. Placing children in age and size appropriate child safety seats and booster seats reduce serious and fatal injuries by more than half.  
Rear-Facing Only Seat:
Can be used until the baby reaches the maximum weight of the seat (22-35 lbs.) or the baby’s head is within one inch of the top edge of the seat. Must be rear-facing. 
Rear Facing
Convertible Safety

Convertible Safety Seat:
Should be used when the child outgrows the height and weight limits of the rear-facing seat (see above). Older babies and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing convertible seat until they are at least two years old. Check manufacturer’s instructions for the maximum weight (30-50 lbs.). The convertible seat can then be switched to forward-facing.

Forward-Facing Only Safety Seat:
This seat can only be used forward-facing and should not be used until the child is a minimum of 2-years-old. Children should ride in a safety seat with a harness as long as possible (40-90 lbs., depending on the model).
Foward Facing
Safety Booster

Safety Booster Seat:
Children who have outgrown their safety seats need a booster for proper belt fit (usually until age 10-12). To find out if a child is tall enough to wear just a safety belt, try the 5-Step Test (see below).

5-Step Test (Conduct without Booster):

1. Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
2. Do the child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat?
3. Is the lap belt below the tummy, touching the thighs?
4. Is the shoulder belt centered on the shoulder and chest?
5. Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions,
your child still needs a booster seat to ride safely in the car.

If you would like to set up an appointment to have your Child Safety Seat inspected or
have any questions regarding child safety seats,
please contact us.  Walk-ins are welcome, but you may have to wait based on call volume.

Child Passenger Safety at the Glendora Police Department (626) 914-8267 or email us at