Car Seat Safety Guidelines
Protect the little passengers in your care
Crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14, yet three-quarters of all parents may be improperly using child restraint devices within their vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
To help keep your young passengers safe, the organization offers the following general recommendations.
- Select a car seat based on your child's age, height and weight.
- Keep your child in a car seat for as long as possible, as long as your child fits the seat's height and weight requirements for your state.
- All children under 13 should ride in the back seat.
- Follow your car seat manufacturer's instructions and your vehicle owner's manual on how to install this equipment.
- Certified technicians are available to check your car seat installation for free. To find a nearby inspection station, use this locator provided by the NHTSA.
Note: To learn more about the specific seatbelt laws in your state, visit the Governors Highway Safety Association website.