Child Safety Seat Installation
The Car Seat Finder is an easy-to-use tool that lets you compare seats and ease-of-use ratings to find the right car seat for your child. Just fill out your child’s age, height and weight below, and you’ll be provided car seat types that fit your child. Before you get started, make sure you're familiar with the four types of car seats and NHTSA’s recommendations for choosing the right type of seat for your child.
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Find out how to keep your child safe in and around your vehicle. We offer prevention tips and information about vehicle features to avoid rollaway, backover, heatstroke, and other dangers to children.
Many children are killed or seriously injured in backover incidents. A backover incident typically occurs when a vehicle coming out of a driveway or parking space backs over an unattended child because the driver did not see him or her.
A child can be moved from a booster seat to a vehicle’s factory installed back-seat safety belt, only after passing the Safety Belt Fit Test. Return your child to a booster seat if the safety belt does not fit perfectly.
Yes, you can locate a list of inspection stations located in the U.S. by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website at www.nhtsa.gov. Note that other states may have different guidelines for their Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations, including policies on replacing unsafe car seats.
Infants, from birth to at least one year of age and that weigh up to 20 pounds, should ride in the back seat of the vehicle in a rear-facing child safety seat. Children less than one year of age and that weigh over 20 pounds, should ride in vehicles in the rear-facing position. Several child safety seats are available that will accommodate children who weigh over 20 pounds in the rear-facing position.
BTSI was gradually added to new cars until it was finally required in all vehicles by Model Year 2010. As a result, this type of vehicle rollaway, while possible, is increasingly uncommon. However, vehicle rollaway can still be a problem in vehicles equipped with a keyless ignition or push-button start feature when the vehicle has been turned off and not shifted into park. This is why it is essential to always engage your emergency brake every time you park, regardless of the presence (or lack of) BTSI technology.
Absolutely! All that you need to do is to schedule an appointment at the nearest Child Safety Seat Inspection Station and remember to bring the car seat, the car seat instruction manual, the vehicle that you most often travel in, and the vehicle owner’s manual.
Registering your seat makes sense: It gives the manufacturer the ability to contact you about recalls and safety notices. It’s also easy: Just send in the card that came with your car seat or fill out a simple form on the manufacturer’s website.