Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children under the age of 15. By law, all babies and children are required to be in car seats. Our Child Passenger Safety Program provides education and services to ensure that children are properly secured in car seats while traveling to prevent harm in case of a motor vehicle crash.
Did you know? California car seat laws require:
- Children under 2 years old must be rear facing unless they weigh 40 pounds or more, or are 40 inches tall or more.
- Children under age 8 must be buckled into a car seat or booster in the back seat.
- Children age 8 or older, or who are 4’9” or taller, may use the vehicle seat belt if it fits properly with the lap belt low on the hips, touching the upper thighs, and the shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest. If children are not tall enough for proper belt fit, they must ride in a booster or car seat.
What steps should I take to ensure the safety of my child?
- Learn about current California Child Safety Seat Laws, visit California Highway Patrol
- For more information on proper car seat selection and installation visit National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids
Who is eligible for additional services under the Child Passenger Safety Program?
Low income families who are residents of Santa Clara County with young children who are enrolled in one of the following:
- Cash aid
- Head Start Registration
Contact MCAH for questions about eligibility and services
Toll free number: 1(800) 310-2332
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH)
1993 McKee Road
San Jose, CA 95133