Different Types of Car Seats
Remember this rule: New baby. New car seat. (The same is true for older kids, too).
If you’re thinking about using a pre-owned car seat, think about the safety of your baby and consider these questions:
Was the car seat recalled?
Is the car seat more than six years old?
Was the car seat in a crash?
Is the car seat missing parts?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, or the car seat does not have an owner’s manual, it is not considered safe. You may want to think about purchasing a new one.
Now, let’s learn about your car seat options.
Infant Car Seat
When your child outgrows the infant car seat, move him to a convertible, 3-in-1 or an All-in-One car seat, used rear-facing.
Rear-facing until your child is 2 years old or reaches the upper rear-facing weight or height limit of the seat
Forward-facing from about 2 years of age until your child reaches the upper forward-facing weight or height limit of the seat
Never place in front of an airbag
When your child outgrows the convertible seat, move her into a booster seat. Don’t rush to move your child to a booster seat too early.
When forward-facing, use the harness and tether after your child reaches the top rear-facing size limit allowed by the manufacturer.
There are three types of booster seats, high-back, backless and combination
High-back booster seats are recommended if you have a low back seat that does not offer support for your child’s head.
Backless booster seats can be used if your vehicle provides support for your child’s head.
Combination or All-in-One car seats can be used as booster seats. When your child outgrows the height or weight limits of the harness, remove the harness and use the seat as a booster.
When should I move my child to a seat belt?
Your child must:
Be tall enough to sit without slouching
Keep his back against the vehicle seat
Keep her knees naturally bent over the edge of the vehicle seat
Keep his feet flat on the floor
Sit with the lap belt snugly across her upper thighs (not her stomach)
Sit with the shoulder belt snug across his shoulder and chest (not his neck or face)
Watch car seat installation videos and get information about FREE car seat safety checks.