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Child Car Seats Safety for your Kids

Learn how to choose the right car seat for your child and whether you need an infant carrier, regular car seat, or a booster. Plus information on where your child should ride in the car and when you can move them to regular seat belts.
  1. Booster Seats (9)
  2. Car Seat Laws (5)

Car Seat Safety
To keep your child safe, in addition to choosing the right type and model of car seat, it is important that you use your car seat correctly by following these car seat best practices.

Used Car Seats - Used Infant Car Seats
Learn about the dangers of buying used car seats and what to know about if you do, including the car seat's history, its expiration date, and whether or not it has been recalled.

Car Seats
Like your baby's crib, a car seat is one of those essential baby products. In addition to understanding the types of car seats are available -- including infant, convertible, combination, and booster seats -- and getting help choosing a car seat, learning to use your car seat correctly can help keep your kids safe.

Toddler Car Seats - Car Seats for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Choosing a car seat for your baby is usually pretty easy, as there are only a few options. Infants have to sit in a rear-facing, infant-only car seat (with a carrier that sits on a base), or a rear-facing, convertible car seat. It can be more confusing for toddlers, though, as there are more options for toddler car seats.

Infant Car Seat Cover
Infant car seat covers are popular with parents, as they can help keep your baby warm and help you change up the design and fabrics of the current car seat cover for your infant or toddler's car seat.

Car Seats for Kids with Special Needs
Finding the right car seat and using it correctly seems difficult enough for most people, but your child may need a specially made car seat if he has certain medical conditions. Learn which ones are available for kids in casts, those who have cerebral palsy and other muscle tone disorders, and those who have behavior disorders that cause them to repeatedly undo a car seat's harness straps.

Winter Coats and Car Seats
During the winter, when many kids wear extra clothing, including sweaters and heavy winter coats, these extra layers can pose another 'hidden hazard' as you try to use your child's car seat correctly.

Are Car Seats Safe?
Even if you are using your car seat correctly, there are some new concerns that it may not be as safe as you think. Consumer Reports recently tested 12 infant car seats and put them through the same crash tests that are used for most new vehicles. These crash tests are more vigorous than current car seat crash tests and the majority of the car seats did not perform well.

Registering Your Car Seat
Although many people throw away the registration card, along with the packaging that came with their car seat, it is important to keep in mind that sending in your registration card and registering your baby's car seat is a good way to make sure that the manufacturer can contact your baby's car seat is recalled.

Car Seat Ease of Use Ratings
Review the latest car seat ease of use ratings. Which car seats are the easiest to use?

Car Seats for Premature Babies
A photo of a premature baby in a car seat getting ready to go home from the NICU.

Car Seat Inspector - Are you using your car seat correctly?
Our Car Seat Inspector can help you choose a car seat and make sure that your child is riding safely in the car.

Best Car Seat Position
Most parents already understand that their baby is safest riding in the back seat facing backwards in their car seat, but where in the back seat?

Children's Car Seat Safety Guide
Learn to prevent injuries from car accidents by using your car seat correctly, placing your children in the right car seat, and not moving them out of a car seat or booster before they are ready for regular seat belts.

State Car Seat Laws and What's Safe
My pediatrician said that I should keep my five year old in a booster seat, but I think that the state car seat law here in Texas says that kids only have to ride in a car seat up until they are four years old. Who is right?

Booster Seats and Harness Straps
My 3 1/2 year old daughter is 33 pounds. Can we move her into a belt positioning booster seat, instead of a car seat or booster seat with harness straps?

Car Seat Safety Quiz
Take our car seat safety quiz to see if your children are safe when riding in a car.

Reusing a Car Seat after a Car Accident
Expert Q&A. We were just in a car accident. Fortunately, everyone was restrained and no one was injured. Can we still use our children's car seats even though they were in an accident?

Car Seat Inspection Stations
Search for a Car Seat Safety Inspection Station in your area by entering your zip code or simply searching your state and make sure that you are using your child's car seat correctly.

Car Seat Crying
Cut down on crying and learn how to make those car trips easier on you and your baby with these car seat tips from author Elizabeth Pantley.

Belt Positioning Booster Seats
A belt positioning booster seat boosts child up providing a higher sitting height, which allows the adult lap and shoulder belt to fit properly.

Forward Facing Only Car Seats
Forward facing only car seats are for toddlers and preschool age children who are between 20 and 40 pounds.

High-Back Booster Car Seat With 5-Point Harness
A high back booster with 5-point harness is basically a combination seat that can be used as a forward-facing car seat with harness straps until your child reaches the harness strap height and weight limits and can then become a belt-positioning booster seat.

Convertible Car Seats
Convertible car seats can be used rear and forward-facing for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children who need a rear-facing car seat or forward facing car seat with harness straps..

Rear Facing Infant Seats
Rear facing infant seats are used for children under two years of age or until a child reaches the maximum height or weight limit for the car seat.

Car Seat Poll
It is estimated that less than 10 percent of children who should be restrained in booster seats ride in one. When did you move your kids to regular seat belts?

Winter Coats and Car Seat Safety
Car seats and winter coats can be a dangerous combination for babies. How can you tell if your baby's winter coat or infant snowsuit can safely be used in a car seat? Learn an important car seat safety lesson from your Guide to Baby Products and a car seat expert.

Aap - Car Safety Seats: a Guide for Families
American Academy of Pediatrics - Family Shopping Guide to Car Seats

Child Passenger Safety
From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, information to keep your child safe in your car, with a guide to booster seats, air bags and safety tips.

Car Seats
Learn to avoid the factors that contribute to preventable injuries from car accidents, including carseats used incorrectly or not used at all, children being placed in the wrong type of car seat, and moving children out of a car seat or booster and into regular seat belts at too early an age.

Safety Belt Safe USA
Is your child's car seat safe? Information and advice to help you find the best car seat for your child. Plus a Technical Encyclopedia of Child Passenger Safety.

Car Seat Guidelines
The latest car seat guidelines from the AAP recommend that kids sit rear-facing until they are two years old, forward-facing with harness straps until they reach their car seats height and weight limits, and in a booster seat until they are ready for seats belts when they are 57 inches tall.

Car Safety - Car Safety Innovations
There have been quite a few improvements to car safety since the addition of seat belts and air bags to cars. In addition to inflatable seat belts and cars that try to avoid crashes, learn about new car safety innovations that might help keep your kids safe.

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