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General Child Seat Use Information

Children ages 12 and under are safest when properly buckled in the rear seat.
Always refer to the child seat and vehicle manufacturers' instructions for proper use and installation instructions.

American Academy of Pediatrics Car Safety Seats: 2010 Safety Information   pdf download - 560 Kb

American Academy of Pediatrics Car Safety Seats: 2010 Product Information   pdf download - 186 Kb

Infants
Age/Weight Seat Type/Seat Position Usage Tips
Birth to at least 1 year
AND
at least 20 lbs.

Less than 1 year
(20-35 lbs)

Children may remain in their rear-facing seats as long as they haven't exceeded the height or weight requirements.
Infant-Only Seat rear-facing
OR
Convertible Seat used rear-facing

Convertible Seat - used rear-facing
(select one recommended for heavier infants)

Seats should be secured to the vehicle by the safety belts or by the LATCH system.
Never use in a front seat where an air bag is present.

Tightly install child seat in rear seat, facing the rear.

Child seat should recline at approximately a 45 degree angle.

Harness straps/slots at or below shoulder level (lower set of slots for most convertible child safety seats).

Harness straps snug on child; Harness clip at armpit level.
 
Preschoolers/Toddlers
Age/Weight Seat Type/Seat Position Usage Tips
1 to 4 years at least 20 lbs. to approximately 40 lbs.

Children may remain in their forward-facing seats as long as they haven't exceeded the height or weight requirements.
Convertible Seat forward-facing
or
Forward-Facing Only
or
Combination Seat with Harness

Seats should be secured to the vehicle by the safety belts or by the LATCH system.
Tightly install child seat in rear seat, facing forward.

Harness straps/slots at or above child's shoulders (usually top set of slots for convertible child safety seats).

Harness straps snug on child; harness clip at armpit level.
 
Young Children
Age/Weight Seat Type/Seat Position Usage Tips
4 to at least 8 years Unless they are 4'9" (57") tall. Belt-Positioning Booster
No back
or
High Back Belt-Positioning Booster

NEVER use with lap-only belts. Belt-positioning boosters are always used with lap and shoulder belts.
Booster used with adult lap and shoulder belt in rear seat.

Shoulder belt should rest snugly across chest, rests on shoulder; and should NEVER be placed under the arm or behind the back.

Lap-belt should rest low, across the lap/upper thigh area; not across the stomach.

Adapted from U.S. Dept of Transportation - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Troubleshooting Car Safety Seat Problems

The following sources are available for product selection, installation and recalls, and can also help with location of a certified child passenger safety technician:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
800-424-9393 or 888-327-4236
www.nhtsa.dot.gov

The National SAFE KIDS Campaign
800-441-1888 or 202-662-0632
www.safekids.org

Safety BeltSafe U.S.A.
800-745-SAFE or 800-747-SANO (Spanish)
www. carseat. org

General Motors
"Precious Cargo: Protecting the Children Who Ride With You" (free booklet)
800-247-9168

Nissan's Quest for Safety Campaign
"The What to Expect Guide to Car Seat Safety" (free booklet)
800-955-4500

The International Association of Chiefs of Police
Operation Kids
800-843-4227


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