Child Safety Seat Tips
Use a rear-facing child safety seat
- From birth to at least 20 pounds and at least one year of age
- The harness straps should be at or below shoulder level
- For babies who are under one year and over 20 pounds, be sure they ride in a safety seat approved for heavier babies and continue to ride rear-facing until at least one year of age
Use a forward-facing seat
- If a child is at least 20 pounds and at least one year old to about 40 pounds and about age four
- The harness straps should be at or above shoulder level
- Most convertible, forward-facing seats require use of the top slot for forward-facing seats
Use a booster seat
- If the child is over 40 pounds up to 80 pounds and under four feet, nine inches tall
- Belt- positioning booster seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belts
- Never use a booster seat with a lap belt only
- Make sure the lap belt fits low and tight to avoid abdominal injuries
Buckle up a child in an adult seat belt
- If a child is over 80 pounds and at least four feet, nine inches tall
- If a child can sit with their back straight against the vehicle seat back cushion, with their knees bent over the vehicleâ€™s seat edge without slouching, they can be moved out of the booster seat into the regular back seat
- All children age 12 and under should sit properly restrained in the back seat
Always read carefully both the vehicles ownerâ€™s manual and the instruction that come with the child safety seat.
Never use old or used child safety seats unless you are certain they have never been in a crash. If you are reusing a seat, make sure it is less than six years old, make sure you have all the pieces (including instruction) and make sure the seat has been checked for recalls.
Never place a child in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with an air bag.
Have your child safety seats inspected by a certified child safety seat technician. To find an inspection location or a certified child passenger safety technician near you, visit www.nhtsa.dot.gov and click on the "Child Safety Seat Inspections" link. Or you may call 1-888-DASH-2-DOTÂ (1-888-327-4236).
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