- Make sure that children riding in your vehicle are properly restrained in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt depending on each child’s age, height, and weight.
- Children are safer in the back seat than the front seat.
- Use the guidelines below to determine what type of restraint is appropriate for your young passengers:
Children younger than age 2 years old
- This age group should ride in a rear-facing child safety seat for as long as possible.
- Rear-facing child safety seats protect infants and toddlers from crash forces more effectively than front-facing child safety seats.
- A rear-facing child safety seat should always be installed in the back seat so that the child is not killed or injured by the front passenger’s airbag.
- Children who are 1-3 years old are well-protected by rear-facing child safety seats. When the child reaches the maximum height or weight limit allowed by the seat’s manufacturer, parents should select a forward-facing child safety seat.
Children age 4-7 years old
- should be seated in a forward-facing child safety seat with a tether or harness that connects the seat to the vehicle.
- Parents should keep children in a forward-facing child safety seat until the child reaches the maximum height or weight allowed by the seat’s manufacturer.