What is the safest way for me to transport my child in a vehicle seat?

  • Infants should ride in rear facing safety seats as long as possible.
  • Children who are at least 1-year-old, weigh 20-40 pounds, and can no longer ride rear-facing due to reaching the height or weight limit of their rear facing seat should ride in forward facing child safety seats.
  •  Children over 40 pounds should be correctly secured in belt positioning boosters or other appropriate child restraints until the adult lap and shoulder belts fit correctly (around age 8).
  • Once the vehicle safety belts fit children, both lap and shoulder belts should be correctly used.
  • Children 12 and under should be properly restrained in the back seat.
  • Any safety seat must be installed and used according to the manufacturer's instructions and your vehicle owner's manual.


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