Each year adjustments are made to the car seat laws and regulations. It is important to follow them as it will ensure the safety of your children while they are in the car with you.
All new vehicles are available with the latch system which makes beginning the process of choosing a car seat that much easier. Now you just have to learn how to choose age appropriate car seats.
According to Healthychildren.org these are the available car seats and requirements:
Types of Car Seats And Guidelines at a Glance
Note: This chart is a quick guide on where to start your search. It’s important to continue reading more about the features and how to use your car seat. Additional safety tips are at the end of this article.
|Age Group||Type of Seat||General Guidelines|
|Infants/Toddlers||Rear-facing only seats and rear-facing convertible seats||All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are at least 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.|
|Toddlers/Preschooler||Convertible seats and forward-facing seats with harnesses||Any child who has outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their convertible car seat should use a Forward-Facing Car Seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer.?|
|School-Aged Children||Booster seats||All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.|
|Older Children||Seat belts||When children are old enough and large enough for the vehicle seat belt to fit them correctly, they should always use Lap and Shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection.All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.|
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