Tips for Having the Right Car Seat for Your Child
The Importance of InstallationBefore you even begin shopping for a car seat, be sure to carefully read your vehicle’s owner’s manual to understand where and how your car seat should be installed. Generally speaking, most cars require child seats to be installed using either a seatbelt or a Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, or LATCH, system. Keep in mind that the middle, rear-seating position is the safest spot in your vehicle for a child and not all cars feature LATCH attachments in these critical areas.
Car Seats Should Correlate with Your Child’s Age and SizeThe car seat you choose should be based on the age and size of your child. Remember, too, that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends keeping your child in a car seat for as long as possible, as long as they fit within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements. Generally speaking, however, the following car seats and belting are suggested based on your child’s age and weight.
- Infants to two-years-old: Rear-facing car seats
- One-year-old to six-years-old: Forward-facing car seats
- Four-years-old to 11-years-old: Booster seat
- Eight-years-old and older: Seatbelt