Maternal Child Health
Please contact our agency at 636-528-6117 option 0 for more information.
Do you need help finding the right car seat for your child, or making sure your car seat is correctly installed in your vehicle? We can refer you to a licensed installer or class in our Call (636) 528 -6117 for more information.
PLEASE NOTE, ANY OF THESE CLASSES (with the exception of the 8-hour class) CAN BE PRESENTED AT PTO MEETINGS OR SCHOOL FUNCTIONS WITH ADVANCE NOTICE.
Did You Know:
- Car seats expire after six years of use? The heat and cold cause car seats to expand and contract, causing the plastic shell to break down. Do not use after six years from the date of manufacture of your car seat (this information is located on the side of the car seat on the label or is stamped into the plastic shell).
- Car seats can be recalled? Some recalls are not safety issues while others are serious and could cause injury or death. Check to see if your car seat is on the recall list at: www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov
- Car seat requirements change as your child ages and that seat safety information is at your fingertips? Visit www.safercar.gov for more information regarding car seat types, car seat ease of use ratings, installation tips, etc.
- As of September, 2011, selling used car seats is in violation of Lincoln County Ordinance 2011-9-27. You can view this ordinance here.
- Children are required to ride in booster seats after outgrowing their car seats? As of August, 2006, children must ride in a booster seat.
Missouri’s Booster Seat Law
(RSMo 307.178 & 307.182)
Missouri’s booster seat law, effective August 2006, requires children who have outgrown a child safety seat to be secured in a booster seat while traveling in a motor vehicle. The fine for violating this law is $50 plus court costs, which far exceeds the cost of many booster seats.
Missouri law now requires:
- Children less than 4 years old or less than 40 pounds to be an appropriate child safety seat;
- Children age 4 and older to be secured in a booster seat until they turn 8 years old, unless they reach 80 pounds or 4’9” before that birthday; and
- Children weighing more than 80 pounds or taller than 4’9” are required to be secured by a vehicle safety belt or booster seat appropriate for that child.
How Do I Know Which Car Seat Is Best For My Child?
This chart will help you determine which car seat is appropriate for your child. These are guidelines and do not replace being familiar with your car seat’s height and weight limits. Attend a car seat class for more information.
Birth to 1 year
regardless of weight
Over 1 year
|Pre-School / Grade School
|Type of Seat||Infant only or convertible||Convertible or Booster||High Back or Belt Positioning Booster|
|Seat Position||Rear Facing||Forward Facing||Forward Facing with lap/shoulder harness|
|Special Considerations||Rear facing until child is one year AND 20 pounds (at a minimum). Safest in center rear||Check manufacturer’s recommendation for height/weight||Check manufacturer’s recommendation for height/weight and harness use|
Warning: Always follow manufacturer’s instructions. NEVER place an infant seat or child in the front seat in front of an airbag!!
CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS: ALL CHILDREN SHOULD BE REAR FACING TO THE MAXIUM HEIGHT AND WEIGHT PRINTED ON THE SEAT.
SAFE KIDS EASTERN QUAD COUNTIES:
Lincoln County Health Department participates in Safe Kids Eastern Quad Counties. Safe Kids Eastern Quad Counties provides services for children aged 19 years and younger in Montgomery, Pike, Lincoln, and Warren counties. Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing accidental and childhood injury. Worldwide, a child dies or is seriously injured every 30 seconds. These injuries often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness and planning. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 500 coalitions in the United States and partners with organizations in 25 countries around the world to reduce injuries from motor vehicles, sports, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. – See more at: www.safekids.org
Safe Kids provides educational programs for residents of Lincoln, Montgomery, Pike, and Warren counties. Programs range from car seat check events to Cub Scout Automotive Safety patches. Please contact the Lincoln County Health Department for more information about Safe Kids projects and opportunities.