The Georgia Department of Public Safety strives to reduce motor vehicle injuries and deaths by increasing the correct use of child safety seats and boosters. The right type of seat and position in your vehicle varies based on the age and size of your child.
Reviewing this information could help keep your kids safe in a serious crash.
Your child should remain in a rear-facing infant seat until he or she weighs 20 or more pounds and is at least 12 months old. Most infant seats accommodate children up to 35 pounds. Many safety experts recommend keeping children rear-facing until age 2 if possible.
When your toddler outgrows the infant seat, he or she should ride in a safety seat with a five-point harness. Review your child’s seat to determine the height and weight limit and review often to make sure your child rides in an appropriate seat.
Your child will graduate to a booster seat after outgrowing the toddler seat. The booster helps the vehicle’s seatbelt fit your child properly until he or she reaches 57 inches tall and 80 pounds. Children younger than 12 should never ride in the front seat as they can experience serious injuries if the airbags deploy.
In addition to having the right seat for your child, take steps to ensure correct installation. Look for a seat check event at a hospital or fire station in your area. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration estimates that nearly 80% of children ride in improperly installed car seats.