Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old in the United States.
As children grow, how they use seat belts in your car, truck or SUV should change. Save your child from injury or death by buckling them in correctly with the correct child safety restraint. There are many car seat choices on the market.
- Select a car seat based on your child's age and size, choose a seat that fits in your vehicle, and use it every time.
- Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer's instructions (check height and weight limits) and read the vehicle owner's manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or lower anchors and a tether, if available.
- To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer's height and weight requirements.
- The safest way for an infant to travel is in a rear-facing car seat until age 2 or they have out grown the rear-facing seat height and weight requirements.
- Keep your child in the back seat at least though age 12.
Using a car seat isn't always enough to keep you child safe during a car crash, using it and installing it CORRECTLY is very important to the well being of the child.
To ensure your car seat and child are restrained correctly, please contact a Child Passenger Safety Technician in your area by searching for one at: Safe Kids or by calling 800-800-2358.