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Safest place for a car seat


Car seats should never be in the front seat.


Car seats should never be placed in front of an airbag.

Other seat-specific guidlines, including weight/height limits are on labels and in the owner's manual.

How Long to Use Car Seats

  • The most important factors are weight and height, not age.

  • Rear-facing sears are most common for newborns to 3-year-olds.

  • Forward-facing seats are most common for 1-year-olds to 7-year-olds.

  • Booster seats are most common for 4-year-olds to 12-year-olds.

At What Age, Weight or Height Is It Ok to Stop Using Car Seats?

Car seats should be used for as long as possible, per weight and height limits.

Car seats should be rear-facing for as long as weight and height limits allow.

Most children use seat belts by age 13.

State laws differ but are compliant with manufacturer guidelines.

Common Car Seat Mistakes That Cause Injuries/Issues

  • Improper installation or belt placement

  • Not registering a seat with the manufacturer and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to receive recall notices

  • Allowing older children to buckle themselves in, as they are more inclined to make mistakes or shortcuts

Sources

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Updates-Recommendations-on-Car-Seats-for-Children.aspx

https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/23/529685650/study-finds-43-percent-of-children-killed-in-car-crashes-were-improperly-restrai

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