Get free booster seats to comply with law

Law takes effect Jan. 1


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Starting Jan. 1, a new law will go into effect that requires children ride in a booster seat until their 6th birthday.

Now is your chance to get one of those seats for free. Safe Kids of Northeast Florida and Wolfson Children's Hospital have partnered to offer the free seats to families.

To qualify, you need to bring the child who needs the seat with you to the event Saturday. He or she needs to be 4 years old and weigh at least 40 pounds.

You must call to set up an appointment to pick up the seat on Saturday. Call 904-202-4302 by Friday.

Current law states children up to 5 years old are required to ride in a booster seat. It is recommended that children up to 4 feet 9 inches tall and between 80-100 pounds ride in a booster seat. That typically includes children between 8 and 12 years old.

Parents often move their older children into an adult seat belt too soon. Seat belts can cause neck and abdomen injuries in car accidents if a child is not tall enough.

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