Child Safety Seats

Choosing the appropriate car seat for your child is crucial, as one size doesn't suit every need. There are three types of car seats: rear-facing, forward-facing, and the booster. Each of these are designed to provide optimal protection based on your child's age and size. 

California Occupant Protection Law

California law requires all children under two years old to ride in a rear-facing car seat, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall.

Children under the age of 8 are required to be secured in a car or booster seat. Children who are 8 years old OR at least 4’9” may be secured by a booster seat, but at minimum wear a seat belt.

Choosing A Car Seat

Keep your child in rear and forward-facing seats as long as possible. Do not rush to move a child into a booster seat before they are ready. Booster seats are recommended until a child reaches a height of 4’9”. All children 13 and under should ride in the back seat.

To learn more about finding and using the correct car seat, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Find A Car Seat Check Location

Your Alhambra Police Department has a certified car seat technician available to ensure your child's seat is properly installed and secured. If you need assistance installing a child safety seat correctly, contact Traffic Analyst Lascano at (626) 308-4816 or email clascano@alhambrapd.org to schedule an appointment.