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Child Car Seat Recommendations

Child Car Seat Recommendations

Child Car Seat Recommendations

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Child Car Seat Recommendations

Keeping children safe while riding in vehicles is one of the most important safety measures you can take as a parent.

It is also important to always ensure the seat is installed properly, and that your child meets the minimum and maximum size (weight and height) listed in the seat manual.

The back seat of the car (middle seat, if possible) is the safest place. Children, regardless of size or type of car seat, should remain in the back seat until at least 13 years old.

  • Rear-facing only seats
    It is recommended that all infants and young children remain in
    rear-facing only car seats for as long as possible, usually up to 2
    years old or 35lbs. (Always check your specific seat size limits).
  • Convertible and All-in-one Seats
    (rear-facing and eventually switched forward)
    • These are designed to remain rear-facing until higher weight
      limits (typically 40-50lbs) are reached.
    • Only when the child reaches the rear-facing weight or height
      limit is it recommended to turn the seat forward-facing while
      still utilizing the 5-point harness system.
    • It is common to have your child’s feet or legs reach the back
      of the seat and require the knees to be bent when sitting in a
      rear-facing system; this is safe and normal.
  • Booster seats
    • Booster seats are for older children when they
      outgrow the forward-facing seat.
    • They use the vehicle’s seat belt instead of a built-in harness.
    • They should be used until the child fits properly in a vehicle
      seat without the booster.
    • This typically occurs around age 10-12 and 4’9’’ tall.
  • Seat Belt only
    (Only once they fit properly)
    • The shoulder belt is across the middle of the chest (not the
      neck or throat).
    • The lap belt should be across the upper thighs/hips (not
      the belly).
    • The child is tall enough the sit with their back against
      the seat and their legs bent over the edge of the
      seat comfortably.


Front-seat riding should not occur until at least 13 years old.

For assistance with installation or other questions, you can search for a certified child passenger safety technician near you at cert.safekids.org

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