Car seat overview
Keeping kids safe in the car in one of our most important jobs as parents and caregivers.
- Car crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for all kids. Proper use of car seats helps keep children safer in the event of a crash.
- Car seats reduce the risk of injury by over 71% and reduce the risk of death by 28% in comparison to children restraint by seat belts only.
- Booster seats reduce the risk of non-fatal injuries in a crash by 45% among four-to-eight year olds.
The type of seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child's age, size, and the type of vehicle you have.
- Using this link: https://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/crs/index.htm, select a car seat based on your child's age and size. Also choose a seat that fits your vehicle.
- 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 tether, if available.
- To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as he/she fits within the manufacturer's height and weight requirements.
- The back seat is the safest place for your child. Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.