Below are the guidelines for child safety seat use as provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
|WEIGHT||Birth to 1 year,
up to 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|
- All children should be placed in child safety seats, booster seats or seat belts – every time they ride in a car or truck.
- Children 12 and younger should be buckled up in the back seat.
- Infants must be placed in rear-facing seats until they are at least one year old and 20 pounds.
- Children between 20 and 40 pounds should be placed in forward-facing safety seats.
- When your child outgrows his or her forward-facing safety seat, use a booster seat until your child is at least 8 years old or over 4-feet 9-inches tall.
- Seat belts are made for adults. A booster seat raises a child up so the seat belt fits.
- Children who have outgrown booster seats should always use seat belts and parents should buckle up.