The Tennessee Highway Patrol wants parents to be aware of their child’s car seat requirements.
District Captain R.C. Christian said seat requirements can vary depending on the child.
“It’s confusing in many ways. We’re there to try and clarify that and to let people know the age of your child, the weight of your child, all those things are factors that determine which kind of seat they need to be in,” Christian said. “There are several different types. Our goal is just to help make people aware and show how to properly install them.”
THP troopers recently visited Van Buren and White Counties to help parents check and properly adjust their child’s seats.
Christian said many booster seats feature proper size requirements right on the packaging they come in or the seats themselves.
“You can get a car seat that will last through each phase of your child’s growth,” Christian said. “Kind of a key to remember… when your child is nine years old, they can move out of a booster seat. But any child under 4-foot-9-inches tall and under nine years old is supposed to be in a booster seat by state law.”
Christian said the THP hopes to have checkpoints scheduled in Fentress, Jackson, and Overton Counties in the near future. Parents wanting their child’s seat tested or properly adjusted can visit the THP’s district headquarters in Cookeville.