Thursday, May 28, 2009

Child Car Seat Guidelines

Give children the best protection as long as possible - Child car seats protect well, but only if used correctly.

* Babies up to 20 lbs. (and under one year of age) should use a rear-facing Infant Seat.

* Babies weighing 20 lbs. before one year of age, or if baby’s head is one inch from top of Infant Seat should use a rear-facing Convertible Seat that goes to 30 lbs. or more.

* Children over one year of age (20-40 lbs.) should use a Forward-Facing Seat with harness.

* Children over 40 lbs. (to a maximum of 80-100 lbs.) should use a Booster Seat to make the lap and shoulder belt fit properly.

* Use Booster Seat until child is about 4/9” tall or can pass the 5-Step Test:

  1. Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
  2. Do the child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat?
  3. Does the lap belt stay on the top part of the thighs?
  4. Is the shoulder belt centered on the chest and shoulder?
  5. Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?

For more detailed information, visit American Academy of Pediatrics’ Car Seat Safety Guide at