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Car Safety

Car seat

  • Always put your baby in a car seat when traveling.
  • Your child should be in a rear-facing seat in the back seat from birth to at least one year old and at least 20 pounds.
  • As your child grows, he should be in a forward-facing toddler seat in the back seat from age one and 20 pounds to about age four and 40 pounds.

Booster seat

  • Booster seats are a must and should remain in the back seat from about age four to at least age eight, unless 4’9” tall.
  • Safety belts should be used at all times at age eight and older or taller than 4 feet, 9 inches. All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat.

Seat belts are not designed for small children. We recommend when a child is about age four, a booster seat should be used to raise your child up so the safety belt fits better.

Resources

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration

Center for Disease Control

Car dangers

About 50 children a week in the United States are injured from incidents where they were left in a vehicle unattended.

Dangers to children after being left alone in cars can include:

  • Heat stroke/death.
  • Strangulation in a car window.
  • Injury from being backed over or setting a car in motion.
  • Abduction by a stranger.
  • Trunk entrapment.

Safety tips for parents and caregivers:

  • Check the backseat before getting out of the car.
  • Place an item you will need – purse, diaper bag, gym bag – in the back seat where the child is sitting.
  • Teach children not to play in and around cars.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle even with the window slightly open.
  • Keep keys and remote entry devices out of the reach of children. Lock the car and trunk, especially at home.
  • Walk all the way around your parked vehicle to check for children before getting in the car and starting the engine.
  • Make sure young children are accompanied by an adult when getting in and out of a vehicle
  • Identify safe play areas for children – away from vehicles.
  • Teach children that trunks are only used to transport cargo and are not safe places to play.
  • If you car has a trunk release, show your children where it is and how to use it.
  • If a child is missing, check the vehicle trunk immediately.

www.Kidsandcars.org