Child Passenger Safety Tips
Keeping children safe on the road means putting them in the right safety restraint at the right age.
Motor-vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children ages 1 to 13. Using age and size-appropriate child restraints is the best way to reduce these deaths.
It is important to correctly install and use car seats and to register these car seats with the manufacturer so parents can be notified in the event of a recall.
We recommend keeping children rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, he or she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness. After outgrowing car seats, children should be placed in booster seats until they are big enough to fit seat belts properly without help from a booster seat.
The safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seat of the car.
Not all cars allow for a car seat in every place that has a seat belt. Check your car owner manual to see where you can put a car seat.
Motor-vehicle traffic crashes are a leading killer of children, but properly used child-safety seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71% for infants (under 1 year old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old).