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Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. You can help keep this from happening to your child by using car safety seats and seat belts correctly on every single trip you take. Here are some helpful tips.


Which car safety seat is the best?

No one seat is the "best" or "safest." The best seat is the one that fits your child's size, is correctly installed, and is used properly every time you drive. When shopping for a car safety seat, keep the following in mind:


Don't decide by price alone. A higher price does not mean the seat is safer or easier to use. All car safety seats available for sale in the United States must meet government safety standards.

When you find a seat you like, try it out. Put your child in it and adjust the harnesses and buckles. Make sure it fits properly and securely in your car.

Keep in mind that pictures or displays of car safety seats may not show them being used the right way.

Important safety rules

Always use a car safety seat. Start with your baby's first ride home from the hospital.

Never place a child in a rear-facing car safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger air bag.

All children younger than 13 years are safest in the back seat.

Be a good role model—always wear your seat belt. This will help your child form a lifelong habit of buckling up.

Remember that each car safety seat is different. Read and keep the instructions that came with your seat handy, and follow them at all times.

Read your car owner's manual for information about installing your car safety seat.

If you need help installing your car safety seat, contact a certified Child Passenger Safety officer.

It is now illegal for any child UNDER the age of 12 years or under 135cms to travel without an appropriate car seat.

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