Child Car Seats - Topic Overview
Don't buy a used car seat. If a car seat has been
recalled or has been in an accident or misused, it may not fully protect your
The safest position for your
baby or child is in the back, middle seat of the car.
- Do not place your
child's car seat in the front seat of any vehicle with a passenger side air bag
that cannot be turned off.
- Do not allow
a child younger than age 13 to sit in the front seat of any vehicle.
- Make sure a
rear-facing seat is at an angle where your infant's head does not flop
extra care if you have a
premature infant. Slouching may affect his or her
breathing and oxygen supply.
For maximum safety, follow the manufacturer's
recommendations for car seat use, which should include weight guidelines,
installation procedures, and how to position and secure your child. Cars
manufactured since September 2002 are equipped with a standardized car safety
seat attachment system. This feature allows parents to secure the car seat onto
a permanently installed hook.
Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians can help you install your car seat and
position your child safely. To find help in your area, go to
www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm or www.seatcheck.org. You can also
call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at
Do not let your child get out of his or her seat
while the car is moving. If your child needs attention, stop the car, take the
child out of the seat, take care of his or her needs, and put him or her back
into the seat before the car starts moving again. If your child is fussy again
soon after, stop and check your child again.