Car Seat Safety Tips Infographic Summary
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, car seats (when used correctly) can reduce the risk of death by up to 71%. However, 3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly or at all.
Types of Car Seats
- Rear-Facing – Babies start with this car seat until they reach around age 2.
- Forward-Facing – After age 2, they use the forward facing seat as long as they meet height and weight requirements.
- Booster – After child has outgrown forward-facing car seat, this is necessary to fit the child into the adult seat and lap belts correctly.
Car Seat Height and Weight Guidelines
- Rear-Facing – On average from 5-40 lbs.
- Forward-Facing – On average +40 lbs and up to maximum weight specified by manufacturer.
- Booster – On average once they’ve outgrown forward-facing seat but have not reached 4’9″.
Be sure to read the label on your specific car seat to ensure these guidelines match your individual product.
Important Car Seat Tips
- Do the Pinch Test. Pinch the harness at the shoulder to check for tension. If the strap is able to be pinched together, it is likely too loose.
- Bulky clothing can compress during a collision, leaving them at risk for injury, so it’s best to outfit the child in thinner layers when in car seat.
- The center seat is generally the safest spot in the car for kids.
- Check the expiration date on the car seat as the plastic can get brittle with age.