"What kind of car seat should I use for my baby? When should I move my child to a booster seat? How do I know if my child's car seat is installed properly?"
These questions are typical of those that parents often ask about children's car seats. The following overview will help parents understand what kind of car seats to use for their children, as recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
For infants 5 to 20 pounds. Some seats will hold up to 22 pounds.
For children up to approximately age 4 and weighing about 40 pounds.
For children weighing 40 pounds until about age 8, or 4'9" tall.
When children outgrow booster seats, usually at age 8 or when they are 4'9" tall, they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat.
Important safety check for car seats
Although many parents believe that they have properly installed their child's car seat, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that this is not always the case, thereby compromising children's safety. The agency recommends having the installation checked at a child safety inspection station.
To locate a child safety inspection station closest to you, visit: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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