Child car safety: Keeping kids safe on the go

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.

Age 5+:

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).

Washington Laws:

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.

Copyright 2016 KING


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