06-10-19 Car seats and boosters for children

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Services Section
Torey Keltner
Program Manager
Phone: (808) 961-2305



Media Release

Car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children in a crash, yet car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. In Hawai’i County, we are focused on protecting our keiki. That’s why it’s so important to choose and use the right car seat correctly every time your children are in the car. You will want to know the age, height, and weight of the child using the safety seat. Proper fit of the seat will provide the greatest safety while traveling in a vehicle.

  1. Properly position the harness on your child. 
    • Rear-facing: Harness straps should lie flat, not twisted, and be placed through the slot that is at or below your child’s shoulders. 
    • Forward-facing: Harness straps should lie flat, not twisted, and be placed through the slot that is at or above your child’s shoulders.
  2. Buckle the harness and the chest clip and tighten.
  3. The harness is snug enough when extra material cannot be pinched at the shoulder. Make sure the chest clip is at armpit level.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a web-based tool to help choose the right seat for your child.  Just go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#find-compare-seats.  Both the Hawai’i Police Department and Hawai’i Fire Department have trained technicians willing to set up a free seat inspection.

If you have any questions, please call the Hawai’i Police Department Traffic Services Section at (808) 961-2305, and we will be glad to help.

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