new Colorado carseat laws | booster seat blitz dates

Some of you know that I’m a HUGE car seat and helmet advocate. I’m sure I drive my mother crazy with my stringent car seat “rules”.  I made her move car seats around so my kids would be car seated for a 200 yard trip down a dirt road up on the Mesa not too long ago. I brought helmets for both my kids and my sisters kids knowing that they would all be tooling around on the four wheeler while we were there. My kids rode rear facing until after two years old and at six, Haley *just* moved from a five point harness to a high back booster seat (HUGE kudos to Genius Jones. After I had searched every single Recaro retailer in the country for a pink Recaro Vivo, they found one in the backroom and remembered that I was looking for one and called me weeks after I had contacted them and asked if they could ship it to me.)  That same mom that rolled her eyes at me two weeks ago forwarded this press release to me and I felt it was definitely worth re-posting.  Thank you Mom!! I had no idea that the car seat laws were changing. A good change. We can’t do enough to protect our little ones.


July 30, 2010


Corp. Eric Wynn, Colorado State Patrol,


Heather Halpape, CDOT, 303-757-9484

Colorado’s Youngest Passengers get a ‘Boost’ as New Law Takes Effect Aug. 1st

~ Booster Blitz Events planned across the state to help educate parents & kids ~

Denver – Colorado expands its child passenger safety law beginning Sunday, Aug. 1st requiring all children under age 8 to be properly protected in a child safety seat when traveling in a motor vehicle.  The change means thousands of 6- and 7-year-olds across the state will have to begin riding in booster seats if they are not already doing so.  Previously, the law required only 4 and 5-year-olds to be in boosters.

“The state has taken a big step forward in protecting kids from serious crash injuries that result from wearing seat belts that were simply not designed to protect small bodies,” said Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief of the Colorado State Patrol.  “Many parents mistakenly believe that a seat belt is enough to protect their older child in a crash, but we know booster seats are a safer option because they lift the child up and position the seat belt safely across them.”

Children ages 4 to 7 who use booster seats are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash compared children who are restrained only by seat belts. In Colorado from 2004 through 2008, 28 children ages 4 to 7 were killed in traffic crashes. Twenty of them were improperly restrained, totally unrestrained or using only the vehicle seat belt.

“It is important that we give children an opportunity for a brighter future by giving them the best odds of surviving a crash and avoiding serious injuries,” said Dr. Todd Porter of Safe Kids Denver Metro .  “For children who have outgrown a car seat, a booster seat is the next best thing to truly protect them.  It literally lifts the child up so that the lap belt rests across hip bones to protect internal organs, and it positions the shoulder strap so it rests across the collar bone instead of on the neck or falling off the shoulder.”

In addition to expanding the use of booster seats, the revised law gives parents more flexibility in choosing the best safety seat for their child or baby, as long as they adhere to the upper weight and height limits set by the seat’s manufacturer and follow installation instructions.  However, the law does set the following minimum requirements:

  • Babies under 1 year old and less than 20 pounds must ride in a rear-facing car seat and only in the back seat of the vehicle.
  • Once babies turn 1 year old and weigh at least 20 pounds, the law gives them the option of using a front-facing car seat. Rear-facing car seats are still allowed by law and safety experts recommend that parents continue using them to the upper weight limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer because it provides the most protection.
  • Children ages 4, 5, 6 and 7 must continue to be protected in a child safety restraint. For most kids in this age group that means a booster seat, but experts recommend that children remain in a forward-facing car seat longer if the upper weight limit of the seat allows it (usually 40-50 pounds).
  • When a child turns 8, the law allows them to use a vehicle seat belt. But for the best protection, safety experts recommend that kids continue to use a booster seat until they are at least 4’9” tall, which half of children will not reach until they are 11 years old.
  • The minimum fine is $82 per violation. All child passenger safety violations are primary enforcement. There is a one-year education period for booster seat violations only.

To assist parents in determining the best child safety seat for their child and to make sure it is installed properly, there is a network of more than 140 “fitting stations” across the state as part of CPS Team Colorado.  Most of the fit stations offer free assistance for parents, including car seat checks to make sure seats are installed properly.  For parents facing financial hardship, some fit stations provide car seats at a reduced price or for a small donation. Parents can find a fit station closest to them by visiting or calling toll free 1-877-LUV-TOTS or 303-239-4625 in Metro Denver.

Over the next several weeks, CPS Team Colorado, Safe Kids Colorado and safety advocates across the state will host special events to provide more information about booster seats and the expanded law.  Some of the events will include an opportunity for kids to “bling” their booster by decorating and customizing it.

“Your child’s safety should not be negotiable, but it doesn’t have to be a battle either,” said Selena Silva of The Children’s Hospital.   “We suggest parents include booster-age kids in the process by allowing them to help pick out their booster and even decorate it.  Let them know the booster is for their safety and point out benefits like a better view out the window!”

The following is a list of statewide events over the next few weeks where parents can get help and advice from trained child passenger safety technicians:

Saturday, July 31

Denver, CO

Booster Seat Saturday – Safe Kids Denver Metro

St. Anthony Central Hospital – Kuhlman building parking lot

4001 W. 16th (corner of 16th & Perry)

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 3

Edwards, CO

Booster Seat Blitz at National Night Out

Freedom Park

450 Miller Ranch Road

4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Yuma, CO

National Night Out – Car Seat Check Event

Yuma Community Center

421 East 2nd Avenue

5 to 8 p.m.

Friday, August 6th

Denver, CO

Child Seat Check Event

Eastside Family Health Center

501 28th Street in Five Points

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 7th

Colorado Springs, CO

Booster Seat Blitz at KKTV 11 Kid’s Day Event

Mr. Bigg’s

5825 Mark Dabling Blvd.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lakewood, CO

Whole Foods Back to School Safety Event

with West Metro Fire & St Anthony Hospitals

Whole Foods Belmar Store

444 S. Wadsworth Blvd

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, August 13th

Fort Collins, CO

Booster Seat Blitz with Safe Kids Larimer County

Salud Family Health Clinic – 1635 Blue Spruce Drive

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Grand Junction, CO

Booster Seat Blitz and Car Seat Check

Mesa County Health Department

530 29 ½ Road

8:30 a.m. to Noon

Saturday, August 14 – Booster Blitz Saturday!

Akron, CO

Car Seat Check Event

Washington County Connections

77 Main Street

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bayfield, CO

Booster Seat Blitz – Bling Your Booster!

Eagle Park

160 Business Route

10 a.m. to Noon

Black Forest, CO

Booster Seat Blitz

Black Forest Festival

Shoup Rd. & Black Forest Rd.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Broomfield, CO

Booster Seat Blitz

Presented by North Suburban Medical Center


5005 W. 120th Avenue

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Commerce City, CO

Booster Seat Blitz (Spanish-speaking technicians available)

Rancho Liborio

6040 East 64th Avenue

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Cortez, CO

Booster Seat Blitz

Location TBD

10 a.m. to Noon

For info call SUCAP, Diane Downing  970-563-9907

Delta, CO

Booster Seat Blitz – Western Regional Occupant Safety Coalition

Hellman Chevrolet

900 Main Street

10 a.m. to Noon

Eagle, CO

Booster Seat Blitz –Bling Your Booster!

Eagle Swimming Pool

1700 Bull Pasture Road

Noon to 3 p.m.

Greeley, CO

Booster Seat Blitz

Greeley Mall, exact location TBD

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ignacio, CO

Booster Seat Blitz


295 Lakin Street

10 a.m. to Noon

Lamar, CO

Booster Seat Blitz

Lamar State Patrol Office

111 W. Parmenter Street

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pueblo, CO

Booster Seat Blitz


78 North McCulloch Blvd.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Silverton, CO

Booster Seat Blitz

Location TBD

10 a.m. to Noon

For info call SUCAP, Diane Downing at 970-563-9907

Sunday, August 15th

Denver, CO

Booster Seat Blitz – Bling Your Booster!

Real Baby

3600 W. 32nd Avenue

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept 1st

Wray, CO

Car Seat Check Event

Wray Community Hospital parking lot

520 Adams Street

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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