Car Safety Rules/Recommendations
- The AAP recommends that all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear facing carseat until the age of two years
- All children who are age 2 and older, who have outgrown the rear facing seat (by height or weight), should use a forward facing car safety seat
- The forward car safety seat should be used with a harness as long as possible, up to the height and weight allowed by the manufacturer of the seat
- It is best to ride in a seat with a harness until at least 4 years of age
- Booster seats are for older children who have outgrown their forward facing car safety seat. The booster seat should be used until the seat belt fits properly over their lap and shoulder. This typically occurs around 4 feet 9 inches in height and around 8-12 years of age.
- All children younger than age 13 should be restrained in the back seat of the car