While traveling around with your children, you want to make sure to do everything you can to keep them safe. One of the easiest and most important things to do is to make sure that you buy the proper child safety seat and install it correctly. Since a leading cause of child fatalities is accidental injuries, which includes auto-related accidents, this is incredibly important.
Your child’s age and weight determine which kind of child safety seat they should use. For your convenience, the NHTSA offers a chart to help you determine which type of seat to purchase. All children should sit in the back seat until their teen years.
Here are the general guidelines for buying child safety seats.
- Birth to 3 years old: In general, infants and toddlers should be in a rear-facing child safety seat.
- Ages 1 to 7 years old: Children aged 1 through 7 can, depending on height and weight, be in a forward-facing car seat. These seats generally include forward-facing only and convertible child safety seats.
- Ages 8 to 12 years old: Older children aged 8 through 12 can sit in a high-back or no-back belt-positioning booster seat.
Prior to buying, you should make sure that the safety seat was constructed in 1981 or later and meets all federal motor vehicle standards. Not only is it important to buy the correct child safety seat, but making sure it is installed correctly is essential.
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