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Old 01-13-2010, 04:39 PM   #1
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Florida child carseat laws?

I have been looking around and I am very confused about child carseat laws in Florida...
I will have children aged 4 and 7 (both 35-40lbs -ish) when we go to WDW in June and I want to be sure we are obeying the state laws.

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Old 01-13-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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Only children thru the age of 3 MUST be in a car seat. I'm only the messenger so please don't start with the accusations..........
What you want to do is your choice but neither of your children need a car seat to legally ride in a car in Florida, they must have their seat belt on.

http://sheriff.org/safety/carseat.cfm

I don't think this has changed for 2010
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:45 PM   #3
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Um... they need a booster seat... quote:

"Florida law requires children under 5 years of age to be properly restrained no matter where they are seated in the vehicle. Children through age 3 must be secured in a separate carrier (child safety seat) or in a vehicle manufacturer's integrated child safety seat. For children ages 4 - 5, a separate carrier, an integrated child safety seat, or a safety belt may be used. If a safety belt does not fit the child correctly, a booster set should be used to correctly position the lap and shoulder belts once they outgrow forward facing child safety seats (generally at about 40 pounds and 4 years old). Children from approximately 40-80 pounds and under 4'9" in height should ride in a booster seat."
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:14 PM   #4
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Thank you both for your replies. I appreciate it!

I think I see what the PP means though. There does seem to be an intentional "gray area" left by the law when it states that 3 and under must be in a carseat but 40-80 lbs should be in a booster....

We are in PA where all kids must be in a booster until age 8 so I guess we will probably just pack 'em...
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:56 PM   #5
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Um... they need a booster seat... quote:

"Florida law requires children under 5 years of age to be properly restrained no matter where they are seated in the vehicle. Children through age 3 must be secured in a separate carrier (child safety seat) or in a vehicle manufacturer's integrated child safety seat. For children ages 4 - 5, a separate carrier, an integrated child safety seat, or a safety belt may be used. If a safety belt does not fit the child correctly, a booster set should be used to correctly position the lap and shoulder belts once they outgrow forward facing child safety seats (generally at about 40 pounds and 4 years old). Children from approximately 40-80 pounds and under 4'9" in height should ride in a booster seat."
They should be, but they are not legally required to be.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:09 AM   #6
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Florida law is among the most lax in the US in terms of car seats. Here's a short, crisp summary of the legal requirements:

http://www.dmvflorida.org/seat-belt-laws.shtml

Most parents will probably be more conservative than this, but I confess that I allowed my seven year old, 4' 7" son to ride in the back seat with only a lap/shoulder belt and no booster. Yet another entry in my long list of parenting failures, but perfectly legal in Florida.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:33 AM   #7
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This topic comes up often and it drives me CRAZY

Why would you provide the safety your child needs at home and not when on vacation?

I work in a Pediatric I.C.U. and have seen the effects of seatbelt injuries that could have been prevented by a booster seat.

So please, please please protect your child.

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