90% of the car seats nationally are installed INCORRECTLY
Could YOURS be one of them?!?!



1) Restrain your child & yourself on every trip, every time

2) All Children up to age 8 and 80 pounds should be restrained in some form of child passenger restraint (according to their weigh and size), as adult seatbelts do not adequately protect children of this size.

3) Keep your child in the back seat- AT LEAST until age 12

4) Use the best safety restraint for your child's weight and size (see chart below:)

5) Like other consumer products, car seats are occasionally recalled. Send in your car seat registration card to be sure you’ll be notified. You can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Auto Safety Hotline, (888) 327-4236 or check the NHTSA website:

6) Read your car seat instruction manual and vehicle owner’s manual carefully for proper installation. The seat should be locked tightly against the vehicle seat – it should not move more than one inch forward or side to side through the belt path.

7) Replace any car seat/seat belt that has been involved in a crash

Proper Child Safety Seat Use Chart 



INFANTS  Birth to 1 year
at least 20-22 lbs.

Infant only or rear-facing convertible 

Rear-facing only 
TODDLER  Over 1 year and
Over 20 lbs.-40 lbs.
Convertible / Forward-facing  Forward-facing 
YOUNG CHILDREN  Over 40 lbs. and/or
Ages 4-8, unless 4'9''.
Belt positioning booster seat  Forward-facing 


Children to one year AND at least 20 lbs. in rear-facing seats.

Harness straps at or below shoulder level.
Harness straps should be at or above shoulders.

Most seats require top slot for forward-facing.
Belt positioning booster seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belt.

Make sure the lap belt fits low and tight across the lap/upper thigh area and the shoulder belt fits snug crossing the chest and shoulder to avoid abdominal injuries.

Buckle Everyone. All Children Age 12 and Under should ride in the back seat! 

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