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How can I choose a car seat based on my child's age, weight, and height?

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Here's a quick guide from the CDC on how to choose a seat based on your child's age, weight, and height:

  • Birth to age 2: Use a rear-facing seat. Your child's weight should be no higher than the seat's weight limit.
  • Ages 2 to 4 AND no more than 40 pounds: Use a forward-facing safety seat.
  • Ages 4 to 8 OR up to 4 feet, 9 inches tall: Use a belt-positioning booster seat. Always keep kids in the back seat.
  • After age 8 AND/OR 4 feet, 9 inches tall: Seat belts (without a booster seat) are OK.

From: How to Keep Your Child Safe in a Car WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Child Passenger Safety: Fact Sheet."

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: "Car Seat Recommendations for Children," "Ease of Use Ratings."

Nemours Foundation: "Auto Safety."

Safercar.gov: "The Right Fit - Car Seat Installation."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Child Passenger Safety: Fact Sheet."

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: "Car Seat Recommendations for Children," "Ease of Use Ratings."

Nemours Foundation: "Auto Safety."

Safercar.gov: "The Right Fit - Car Seat Installation."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

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