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Car Seat Safety

Release Date: August 16, 2023

Did you know that 46% of car seats and booster seats are installed incorrectly? Choosing and installing the proper car seat can help keep your child safe. It is also important to take the correct precautions by and checking the height and weight requirements of the car set and fastening your child correctly, even if you are just going for a trip around the block. There are four main types are car seats to consider:

  • Infant Car Seat: Infant car seats are rear facing and typically only used until the child is one year old.
  • Convertible Car Seat: Convertible car seats can be used both as rear facing and forward facing when height and weight requirements are met.
  • All in One Car Seat: These car seats can be used as rear facing, forward facing, and as a booster seat.
  • Booster Seat: A seat that raises and positions your child so that the car seat belt fits appropriately.

There are many resources available to help you install your child's car seat in addition to manufacturer’s instructions. Consider registering your car seat to receive alerts for any potential recalls or safety updates. Once you have installed the car seat, there are free certified technicians that can ensure it was setup properly. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety's Car Seat & Booster Seat Safety, Ratings, Guidelines for additional guidance and safety tips.

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Last Updated: 08/16/2023
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