General Car Seat Safety

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3-14 in the U.S.

  • Of the 723 children who were killed in crashes in one recent year, 35% were not restrained.

  • Incorrect use of seats or restraints makes it three times more likely that a child will be injured in a crash.

  • When restraints were used, 72% to 84% showed critical misuse.

  • When used correctly, safety seats can reduce injury by 71% for infants, 54% for toddlers 1-4 years old, and 45% for children 4-8 years old.


  • Rear-facing infant seats

  • Convertible seats
    (rear-facing and forward-facing)

  • Forward-facing only seats

  • High-backed booster with
    5-point harness


  • Infants from birth to
    27 inches or 20 pounds

  • Children up to 40 pounds

  • Children up to 65 pounds

  • Can be used when child
    has reached 4 feet 9
    inches in height
    (usually 8-12 years)