Car Seat Recommendations

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The following recommendations come from the AAP. Click here for their full report and guidelines.

  • All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat (CSS) until they are 2 y of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of their CSS.
  • All children 2 y or older, or those younger than 2 y who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their CSS, should use a forward-facing CSS with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of their CSS.
  • All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their CSS should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle lap-and-shoulder seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 y of age.
  • When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap-and-shoulder seat belts for optimal protection.
  • All children younger than 13 y should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

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