The RIGHT Way to Use Child Car Seats
Child Car Seats are a part of life, are you getting the most out of yours?
It is in your kids’ best interest (and the law!) to properly use car seats. Even if you’re taking a quick drive down the street, here’s what you need to know:
- Choose a car seat that best fits a child’s weight, size, and age as well as your vehicle’s design. Learn how to use the seat you purchase.
- Look for a car seat label that notes the seat meets or exceeds Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.
- Don’t use a car seat that is more than six years old, shows signs of wear, or has been involved in a car accident.
- Upgrade car seats as the child grows. Infant-only seats should always face the rear of the car. Kids two years or older, or those who outgrow the height/weight requirements for rear-facing car seats, should use a forward-facing car seat as long as possible.
- Check installation with the help of a certified child passenger safety technician at a child car seat inspection station. These are often hosted by local health departments, fire departments, and hospitals.
Please note: Laws vary by state. Check out your local regulations at drivinglaws.aaa.com