Buckle Up: 6 Smart Car Seat Safety Rules

Follow these guidelines to make sure your kids are belted in the car seat or booster seat safely.

Car Seat Safety Dos

  • Use an age-appropriate car seat. Babies belong in a rear-facing seat until they're at least 1 year old and weigh 20 pounds. Recent research shows it's safer for them to stay rear-facing until they reach the car seat manufacturer's height or weight limit (usually when they're between 18 and 23 months).
  • Try out a new seat to make sure it secures easily. Also take your current seat to every test drive.
  • Make sure your car seat is installed properly. Visit www.seatcheck.org to find a car seat technician in your area, or go to www.chop.edu for instructions on using the LATCH system (lower anchors and tethers for children).

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