How do I know what kind of car seat my child needs?
5 Ways to Make Sure Your Child Is Safe
- Right seat: Check the seat’s height and weight limits (see our timeline above). …
- Seat tight: Once installed, the seat shouldn’t move more than 1 inch side to side or front to back. …
- Harness height: In rear-facing installation, the harness straps are at or below your baby’s shoulders.
What age do you switch car seats?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that most children are ready to switch from booster seat to using a seat belt alone somewhere between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. For more details on choosing a car seat and car seat best practices, see our guides to infant seats and convertible seats.
Does a 7 year old need a car seat?
Children 0 through 3 years and less than 40 inches tall require a child safety restraint. Children ages 4 through 7 and between 40 and 80 pounds and under 57 inches tall must be in a car seat or booster seat. Children at least 4 years old and at least 80 pounds or 57 inches must be in a booster seat or adult seat belt.
Should baby seat go behind driver or passenger?
The car seat should always be installed in the back seat. That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side.
How much should you weigh to sit in the front seat?
How many pounds do you have to be to sit in the front seat in California? According to the California Highway Patrol, all children older than eight and taller than four feet nine inches can sit next to the driver. Therefore, California law states that all children must weigh more than 57 pounds.