Keeping Families Safe on the Road
Which cars are the safest for families?
5 safest car brands
U.S. News & World Report
Best Family Cars of 2018
Kelley Blue Book
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Toyota Highlander
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- Ford Expedition
- Chrysler Pacifica
- Toyota Sienna
Factors to consider when selecting a safe family car
Does the vehicle have a Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system?
Does the vehicle have an anti-lock braking system (ABS)?
Does the vehicle have stability control?
Does it have active head restraints?
Does it have adjustable rear shoulder seat belt anchors?
Tips for avoiding accidents when children are in the car
Do not drive while intoxicated
Drive the speed limit and obey traffic signals
Keep children restrained in the vehicle at all times
Limit distractions in the vehicle
What types of cars should families avoid?
(limited room/performance vehicles)
Extremely compact cars
(limited room for child seats)
How long should children use car seats and booster seats?
Rear-facing seats for Infants and toddlers – 2 years or 35-40 pounds
Forward-facing seat for toddlers and children – Up to 60 pounds
Belt-positioning booster seat – Height of 4 feet 9 inches or 8 to 12 years of age
- Children younger than 13 years should sit in rear seats for best protection