Your Car Seat Safety Guide

You’ve dreamed of having a family. Now that you do − it’s time to make memories! Whether driving to soccer practice, dance class, music lessons or a family road trip, you’ll relax knowing your little ones are well-protected with our car seat guidelines.


  • All car seats aren’t created equal. Select a car seat based on your child's age, height and weight.
  • Keep your children in a car seat as long they safely fit the seats’ height and weight requirements for your state.
  • Have all children age 12 and younger ride in the back seat—and make sure they’re always buckled in.
  • Follow your car seat and car manufacturer’s guidelines on how to install a car seat
  • Having trouble installing your car seat for the first time? You’re not alone. If you have any questions, stop and have a certified technician check your car seat installation for free. To find one, use the National Highway Transportation Safety Association’s locator.


If it’s damaged, replace it. Car seats are covered by your car insurance. If it becomes damaged, contact your American Family Insurance agent and purchase a new one for your child. Damaged car seats shouldn’t be reused by anyone.

Car seats have an expiration date. It should be printed right on the seat—note it in your calendar.

Use the car seat as-is. Save toys, sun visors and seat protectors for activity outside the car. These items are typically not crash-tested with the seat.

Look twice for safety. It just takes few seconds to check your back seat twice every time you leave your car. Soon, you’ll develop a habit that makes you confident you’ll remember to take your child out of the car.

Discover more details on choosing the safest car seats for your children on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Parents Central section.


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