Every year, thousands of children die from vehicle injuries in the U.S. But there are steps that adults can take to help keep their young passengers safe.
Birth to Age 2:
Children should ride in a rear-facing car seat until two years old, or until they hit the weight/height limit of the car seat.
Age 2 to Age 5:
Children should ride in a forward-facing car seat until five years old, or until they hit the weight/height limit of the car seat.
Children too large for a forward-facing car seat should ride in a booster seat until a seat belt fits them correctly. A correctly-fitted seat belt stretches across the chest (not neck) and lap (not stomach).
Children younger than 8 or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches require a child restraint unless the seat belt fits them correctly.
Children under 13 should ride in the backseat when possible.