As children grow, their car seat safety needs change. Resources are available to clear up confusion so parents can keep their children protected.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds parents how critical it is to make sure children are buckled in a properly sized and correctly installed car seat every time they are in a vehicle. For a convenient calculator that allows you to enter your child’s age, height and weight to determine the safest seat, click this NHTSA link.
There are several types of car seats and all have size and age recommendations. Infants begin in rear-facing seats, then transition to forward-facing seats with a harness and tether between ages 1 and 7, before growing into booster seats. Because the back seat is the safest place to sit, children should ride there through at least age 12, regardless of their size.
For maximum safety, the Mayo Clinic offers these NINE COMMON CAR SEAT SAFETY MISTAKES THAT PARENTS SHOULD AVOID.
For information about child passenger safety laws or car seat installation, the NHTSA provides a car seat inspection station locator with certified technicians who will inspect your car seat free of charge.