Important Car Seat Safety Tips With Cars.com

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Cars.com. All opinions expressed here are my own.

September included National Child Passenger Safety Week so, I’ve partnered with Cars.com to share with you a few tips you can use to ensure your child is safe in his/her car seat.

There’s so many different types of car seats available for purchase but there’s not many resources available to explain to you exactly how to install and find the right seat for your child. One reliable resource you can use to help with car seat safety is Cars.com. The website has over 50 pages of car safety tips, including videos, to learn how to safely install a car seat. What I love most about Cars.com safety seat guide is the list of vehicle options available. You are very likely to find the make and model of your current vehicle or a vehicle you are seeking to purchase and how to install your child seat correctly inside the car.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. That’s why it’s so imperative to take note of these Important Car Seat Safety Tips With Cars.com. Read more, below:

Important Car Seat Safety Tips With Cars.com

Important Car Seat Safety Tips With Cars.com

Find The Right Seat

Here’s a list of the recommended car seats based on your child’s age. This information was derived from NHTSA.gov.

Rear-Facing Seat

Car seat rear-facing

Birth-12 Months

Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats:

  • Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing.
  • Convertible and all-in-one car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

1 – 3 Years

Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing seat with a harness and tether.


Forward-Facing Car Seat

Car seat forward-facing

1 – 3 Years

Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether.

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4 – 7 Years

Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.


Booster Seat

Car seat booster

4 – 7 Years

Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

8 – 12 Years

Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there.


Seat Belt

Seat Belt

8 – 12 Years

Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there.

Safety Tips

  1. Be sure to read the the car seat owner’s manual.
  2. Visit Cars.com to search the year, make and model of your vehicle to watch a vehicle to learn how to install correctly.
  3. Position the car seat in the rear of your vehicle. Try to keep your child in the rear position of your car as long as you can. The rear is the safest location for your child to be inside the car.
  4. Lock the car seat in with the vehicle’s seat belt.
  5. Securely tighten the seat belt with the car seat.
  6. Adjust the recline position of the car seat.
  7. Connect the tether strap

Find out the vehicles that received straight A’s on Cars.com, here.

If you are still unsure about your current car seat installation. Reach out to your local facility, here.

Thank you very much for reading! Ro’Shunda

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