All children under 13 should ride in the backseat; researches show the backseat is at least 40% safer for the young passengers. Also, children need to be in appropriate safety seats to reduce risks of injury. Here are some tips:
- 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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 USA Today, How to Transport Children Safely, available at https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/autos/story/2011-09-15/child-seat-....