Child car seats protect children from birth to their early teens against death and injury.
The Mississippi State Department of Health conducts safety seat checks and educates parents in the proper installation of car safety seats.
The age of your child doesn't matter when selecting the safest car seat. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that you use seats in this order as long as they fit:
Rear-facing only seats and rear-facing convertible seats
All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat's manufacturer. For most seats, this will be at least until age 2. Rear-facing seats are the safest type for a child.
Convertible seats and forward-facing seats with harnesses
Any child who has outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for his convertible car seat should use a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer. These seats keep children safer than booster seats.
All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly. Children will typically need to be at least 4 feet 9 inches in height to ride without a booster seat.
When children are old enough and large enough for the vehicle seat belt to fit them correctly, they should always use lap and shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection.
All children younger than 13 should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles.
Recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Always use the correct child restraint system. Never use pillows, books or towels to boost a child. Doing so can compromise your child's safety.
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