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.