Is Your Child In The Right Car Seat? // Car Seat Safety
For most of us, grabbing our gear and running out to the car and heading to appointments, play dates, work and daycare are a regular every day thing. When we have little ones, we put them in their car seat and buckle them up without a second thought to whether or not they are in the right seat.
We trust that they are safe – and we go on our way. Unfortunately, that may not be the case. Every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States! Car seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury. But over half of car seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness and 1 in 3 children killed in car crashes are completely unrestrained at the time of the crash.
- Car Seat Types Learn about the four types of car seats.
- Age & Size Recommendations (from birth to age 13) Follow these recommendations for selecting a car seat based on your child's age and size.
- Find a Car Seat Compare car seat makes and models using our Car Seat Finder tool.
- Car Seat Ease-of-Use Ratings Evaluate car seat features using our car seat ease-of-use ratings.
- Follow these car seat installation tips to keep your child safe.
- Don't delay—register your car seat today to receive car seat and booster seat recall notices.
- Sign up to receive e-mail alerts about car seat and booster seat recalls from NHTSA.
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
By working with the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) we hope to get out a message that will educate parents and caregivers about the importance of selecting the right seat for their child’s age and size, and to remind them that car seats, booster seats and seat belts offer the best protection for children in crashes and help save lives.