Have a new baby on the way and struggling to figure out how to properly install their car seat or wondering when is the right time to switch to a booster seat for your growing child? You are not alone, and it’s concerning news that over half of all car seats and boosters are installed incorrectly according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Following these guidelines can reduce the risk of fatal injury in a crash by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers.

  1. Have your child’s seat checked by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician- find one near you at seatcheck.org. Due to COVID-19, the NHTSA has created a virtual car seat check inspection to help you understand the proper way to install a car seat. Click here to watch the video.

  2. Check the NHTSA’s website at nhtsa.gov/campaign/right-seat to find the right seat for your growing child. Just enter in your child’s date of birth, height and weight and it will tell you the proper seat for your child.

  3. Register your car seat online at safecar.gov/parents in case of a safety recall.

  4. Drivers should check that all passenger are properly buckled before driving.


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