A Properly Installed Car Seat Can Save Your Child’s Life

The Right Car Seat Does Matter!

As long as possible — often until after age two and 30 pounds

Use until the child reaches the highest weight or height allowed by car seat manufacturer.

Once a child is too big for a forward-facing seat, move to the booster. At least age four, 40 pounds.

Booster seat recommended until the seat belt fits correctly. No younger than age eight.

Car Seat Recommendations

Nationwide, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injuries and deaths for children ages 0-14. According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, properly used car seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. For children 4 to 8-years-old, booster seats reduce injury risk by 45 percent compared to seat belts alone.


  • Always read and follow your car seat manual and vehicle owner’s manual.
  • All car seats have a height and weight range. This information can be found on a label in both English and Spanish on the car seat.
  • All car seats sold in the United States are required to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. Check for this on the label before you purchase a car seat.