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Buckled for Life – Avoid Common Errors with Child Passenger Restraint
Watch our video and find out how to safeguard your children.



Did you know 80 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly? Did you know children should be in booster seats until age 8, or 4 feet nine inches tall? This 9-minute video shares information about Project Buckle Up as well as the most common errors with child passenger restraint. Click for full video transcript.

Child Seat Safety
Every year close to 1,800 children ages 14 and under are killed as occupants in motor vehicles and more than 360,000 are injured.

Unfortunately, this is most often attributed to the improper or lack of child restraint use. About half of all children under the age of five, who die in crashes, are not buckled up.

Here are some quick tips to avoid being part of the statistics and help to secure the safety of your child while riding in a motor vehicle.

ALWAYS:

  • Buckle everyone up.
  • Read the child seat instructions and your vehicle owner's manual.
  • Place infants weighing under 5 1/2 lbs. in a car bed with the infant's head toward the center of the vehicle.
  • Place children under the age of 1 and less than 20 lbs. in a rear-facing safety seat.
  • Place children 20 to 40 lbs. in a forward-facing safety seat.
    Place children from 40 to 60 lbs. in a booster seat usually between 4 and 8 years old.
  • Place children under the age of 12 in the backseat.
  • Make sure the car seat meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 213.
  • Make sure the child restraint will fit properly in your vehicle.
  • Register the car seat so the manufacturer can contact you in event of recall.

Child Seat Buying Guide
Click for NHTSA Child Passenger Safety InformationEvery state requires that infants and children ride buckled up. However, more children are killed and injured in car crashes than from any other type of injury. Using a car seat correctly can prevent many of these injuries, but it is not as easy as you think. Just a little mistake in how the seat is used could cause serious injury to your child.

Which is the "best" car seat?
No one car seat is safest or best. The best car seat is one that fits your child's size and weight, and can be installed correctly in your car.

Price does not always make a difference. Higher prices usually mean added features that may or may not make the seat easier to use.

When you find a seat you like, try it out! Put your child in the seat and adjust the harness and buckles. Make sure it fits in your car.

Beware: Displays / illustrations of seats in stores do not always show them being used correctly.

Car seats are constantly being tested to make sure they pass the safety standards. Sometimes they are recalled. When you buy a new seat, make sure your send the registration card to the manufacturer so you will be notified of any problems or recalls.

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