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Free Booster Seats from St. Joseph's Children Hospital

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On Saturday, January 10th St. Joseph’s Children Hospital is is holding a free high-back booster seat giveaway from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. åÊin recognition of Florida‰Ûªs enhanced child restraint law, House Bill 225, which takes effect January. 1, 2015.

This new law requires that all children use a child restraint until their 6th birthday, and a harnessed car seat is required until their 4th birthday.

During the event, child passenger safety technicians will hand out free high-back booster seats (value of $40) and help with installation of the booster seats. Parents and caregivers with a child who has outgrown their car seat or isn’t currently using a booster would be the ideal candidate for the free high-back booster giveaway.

All criteria below must be met to qualify:

  • The child must be present.
  • The child must be at least 40 pounds.
  • The child must be at least 4 years of age.
  • The vehicle must be present.


Cost: Free
When: Saturday, Jan. 10th from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where:åÊThe Children‰Ûªs Board of Hillsborough County
1002 E. Palm Ave.
Tampa, Fl 33605
Registration:åÊ(813) 615-0589. Appointments preferred. Drive-ups welcome, but may result in an extended wait time.

Under the new Florida Law:
-Booster Seats are not permissible for use until the child‰Ûªs 4th birthday. Children should not use a booster seat until they are over 40 pounds and at least 4 years old.

-A Booster Seat must be used with both a lap and shoulder belt until the adult seat belt fits correctly.

-The seat belt should fit ‰ÛÏBelt to Bone.‰Û Over the shoulder and hips/lap, instead of the soft neck and stomach.