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Child Safety Information

Child Restraint Recommendations
  • Rear Facing
    ·To 2 years of age, or until the highest weight and height limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
  • Forward Facing
    ·To upper height and weight limits of car seat, approximately 4 years and 40-65 pounds.
    ·The top tether should be used until child weighs 40 pounds.
  • Booster
    ·From approximately 4 to at least 8 years old or 4’9”
    ·Use a high back or backless belt positioning booster
    ·Lap-belt only seating positions should not be used with booster seat
  • Adult Seat Belt
    ·Age 8 or older and at least 4’9”
    ·Lap belt lays across upper thighs and shoulder belt across chest; knees bend at seat edge

Car Seat Recommendations for Children – English

Recomendaciones de seguridad para el nino pasajero - Espanol

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Four Key Child Safety Steps

  1. Restrain children on every trip, every time.
  2. Keep children in the back seat until age 13.
  3. Use the correct safety seat for child’s size.
  4. Use child safety seats and seat belts correctly.

Child Safety Check Sites

It is important to read and clearly understand all safety and booster seat installation and use instructions. Having your child safety seat initially inspected and re-inspected often by a trained professional increases your child's chances of escaping injury in the event of a car crash. To locate a safety seat check site in your area, click here.

Child Safety Ratings

The purpose of NHTSA’s ease of use rating program is to educate parents and caregivers about child safety seat features and which are easy to use click here.

For child safety seat RECALLS click here.

Car Seat Registration

One of the most important goals for child passenger safety is to make sure that car seats and boosters meet all Federal Safety Standards. If it is determined that a car seat or booster doesn’t comply with the required safety standards, a recall may occur so that the manufacturer can fix the problem. Registering your seat makes sense because it gives the manufacturer the ability to contact you about recalls and safety notices. For more information about how to register your car seat or booster, please click here.

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Child restraint Basics Pocket Card

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) created a pocket card which provides child restraint basic recommendations to parents and caregivers. The card features restraint types and positions based on a child’s height, weight and age. The card is free. If you would like a card mailed to you, please contact

The WHALE Program

"We Have A Little Emergency" - identification card gives emergency personnel information to identify young children in the event of a crash. Rescue workers can refer to an identification card attached to the child safety seat and find the child's name, medical information and whom to contact in the event of an emergency. To learn more, click here

Used Child Safety Seats

Don’t buy or sell used car seats. Although it is nice to share and reuse baby items, car seats are one product that shouldn’t be reused. The components used in the typical car seat deteriorate and weaken over time. Car seats have an expiration date stamped on the back of the seat; the expiration date is typically six years from the seat’s manufacture date. If you are ready to retire a seat, click here, for tips. this article provided courtesy of consumer reports.*

*Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union. Both Consumer Reports and Consumers Union are not-for-profit organizations that accept no advertising. Neither has any commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor on this site.

Sherry Jenkins
Occupant Protection Program
ITD Office of Highway Safety
Ph 208 334 4460
Fax 208 334 4430

Page Last Modified: 12/10/2014 12:08:35 PM

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