Children riding in a motor vehicle must be secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint until they are at least 8 years old or 4-foot-9-inches tall. All children under 16 must ride properly buckled.
Common Guidelines That Help Keep Children Safe on the Road
- The best place for a child is in the back seat
- Babies should ride rear-facing and reclined until 1 year old and at least 30 pounds
- Toddlers should ride forward-facing and upright with a harness until 40 pounds
- Children over 40 pounds or who have outgrown the harness system should use a lap-and-shoulder-positioning booster seat
How to Choose & Use Safety Seats and Booster Seats
- Select a seat that fits the child
- The seat should fit the vehicle and should be easy to install correctly
- Remember to always follow the child safety seat and vehicle instruction manuals
- Never install a rear-facing infant seat in front of an airbag
- Make sure the vehicle seat belt is routed correctly
- Fasten the safety seat tightly with vehicle seat belt
- Fit the child safety seat harness snugly to the child
For more information on choosing the correct seat, please visit the article, "How to find the Right Seat."