Child Safety: Proper Seat Use Chart (Automobiles)

Motor vehicles continue to be the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Make sure that you have your child in the proper safety seat.

Infants Toddler Young Children
Weight Birth to 1 year at least 20-22 lbs. Over 1 year and Over 20 lbs.-40 lbs. Over 40 lbs. Ages 4-8, unless 4'9''
Type of Seat Infant only or rear-facing convertible Convertible / Forward-facing Belt positioning booster seat
Seat Position Rear-facing only Forward-facing Forward-facing
Always Make Sure: Children to one year and at least 20 lbs. in rear-facing seats

Harness straps at or below shoulder level

Harness straps should be at or above shoulders

Most seats require top slot for forward-facing

Belt positioning booster seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belt.

Make sure the lap belt fits low and tight across the lap/upper thigh area and the shoulder belt fits snug crossing the chest and shoulder to avoid abdominal injuries

Warning All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat

For more about Children's Health, please visit the Healthy Kids Center.

Source: www.nhtsa.dot.gov


Last Editorial Review: 4/21/2003




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