How to Safely Transport Your Child in a Carseat

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Safely Transporting Your Child in a CarseatAll children under 13 should ride in the backseat; researches show the backseat is at least 40% safer for the young passengers.[1]  Also, children need to be in appropriate safety seats to reduce risks of injury.  Here are some tips[2]:

  • Make sure the safety seat is installed securely; the seat should be attached snugly.  The belt should be located correctly and the child should be secured in the harness snugly.
  • Use a rear-facing safety seat as long as possible until your child reaches the maximum weight and/or height (noted by the child seat manufacturer) or at least until age two. 
  • Use a forward-facing safety seat for a child aged 2 or older, or if the child exceeds the maximum weight or height allowed by the manufacturer for the rear-facing safety seat.  Make sure to attach top tether strap.
  • Use a booster for a child who has outgrown the weight or height limits of forward-facing safety seats until the vehicle lap and shoulder belts fit the child snugly without the booster seat (usually up to the ages of 8 to 12).  Make sure lap and shoulder belts fit correctly and snugly.

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[1] USA Today, How to Transport Children Safely, available at https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/autos/story/2011-09-15/child-seat-....

[2] Id.  See also SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., Basic Guidelines to Transporting Children Safely, available at https://www.carseat.org/Resources/651_Basic.pdf.