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Passenger Safety

Tips to keep your passengers safe

Families should practice the following safety tips on every ride:
  • Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip.
  • Children 12 and under should be properly restrained in a back seat. A back seat is generally the safest place for a child to ride. While air bags can save lives, kids riding in the front seat can be seriously injured or killed when an air bag comes out in a crash. Even with advanced air bags or no air bags, the back seat is safer for children.
  • Never put a rear-facing child in a front seat with an active frontal air bag.
  • Choose the right child safety seat or safety belt for your child’s size and age. Make sure you have the right seat for your child.
  • Infants should ride in rear-facing safety seats as long as possible, until they are at least 12 months old and weigh at least 20 pounds.
  • Children who are at least 1 year old, weigh 20 to 40 pounds and can no longer ride in rear-facing seats should ride in forward-facing child safety seats.
  • Children over 40 pounds should be correctly secured in belt-positioning boosters or other appropriate child restraints until the adult lap and shoulder belts fit correctly, usually around age 8.
  • Once the vehicle safety belts fit children, both lap and shoulder belts should be used correctly.
  • Install and use your child safety seat or safety belt according to the manufacturer’s instructions and your vehicle owner’s manual.
  • Ensure your child safety seat has not been recalled.