Child Safety Seat Tips
There are several car seat types, and they are designed for different age groups. We recommend advancing to the next stage as late as possible. For example, a 6-year-old can use both a forward-facing car seat and a booster seat, but we recommend using a forward-facing car seat until your child is too big for it, because it is a safer option. Every car seat is rated for a minimum and maximum weight, so please follow those guidelines. It is also important that the harness/belts rest on the chest and shoulders, not on the neck.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
For help buying an appropriate car seat, you can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or HealthyChildren.org
Please follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also has a page with installation instructions and videos.
For Free Car Seat Installation or Inspections:
- Call your local fire department
- Mass.gov Car Seat Inspection Locator
- NHTSA Car Seat Inspection Locator
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- NHTSA Installation Instructions
- NHTSA Car Seat Inspection locator
- Mass.gov Car Seat Inspection locator
- NHTSA Car Seats and Booster Seats
- Car Seats: Information for Families