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Your child’s safety could be in jeopardy if your car seat is not installed correctly. Before you install your car seat, make sure you’re familiar with vehicle and car seat parts used in the installation process and these important installation safety tips.

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In general, the AAP states that "Booster seats are for older children who have outgrown their forward-facing seats." But since they also state that children "should use a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer," they aren't encouraging an early switch to a booster seat.

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Congratulations—you chose the right car seat and installed it correctly. Now it’s time to register your car seat with the manufacturer to receive recalls and safety notices so your child can remain safe. Also, you can sign up with NHTSA to receive e-mail alerts about car seat and booster seat recalls.

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The Store ‘n Go Backless Booster has made the list of the safest booster seats on the market by meeting or exceeding Federal and ASTM Safety Standards. This belt positioning booster seat gives just the right amount of lift for your child to ensure that they remain safely buckled in their seat. (Amazon, $40)

Every car seat needs to be installed using either the lower anchors or a seat belt to secure it in place, never both. If you choose to use a seat belt to install your car seat, pay close attention to how to  “lock” your seat belt according to the vehicle’s owner manual. With a forward-facing car seat, use a tether if one is available. Before installing your car seat make sure you understand the function and location of the vehicle and car seat parts that are used in installation.

The Safety 1st Elite 100 Air+ can be used as a rear-facing, front-facing, or booster seat, making it the only car seat you will ever need. This booster seat has been thoroughly tested and is ergonomically designed, making it a great safety choice for booster seats. (Target, $187)

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We love Britax car seats for their SafeCell Impact Protection, which exceeds federal safety regulation and gives you peace of mind to think of other features. Like the fact that this booster seat easily converts from a harness seat for toddlers to a booster seat for older kids. Not to mention the removable cover makes the Britax Pioneer super easy to clean. (Buy Buy Baby, $167)

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The Aidia Scout booster seat is one of the newest and most innovative booster seats on the market right now. This booster seat has been federal crash tested and meets or exceeds all safety requirements so you don’t have to worry. The Aidia Scout booster seat also features a pre-installed shoulder belt clip to ensure your child’s seat belt fits correctly, a feature making this one of the best booster seats of 2018. (Aida, $25)

There are many car seat choices on the market. Use the information below to help you choose the type of car seat that best meets your child’s needs or print out NHTSA’s car seat recommendations for children (PDF, 370 KB).


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