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Car Seat Safety by Age

Access car seat safety videos, information and tips to help you install the right safety seat for your child.


Install Your Child’s Car Seat Correctly, Every Time

Installing a child safety seat can be challenging, but knowing about common installation mistakes and how to avoid them can make a difference.

Use this checklist to help you avoid the most common and potentially dangerous car seat installation errors»

Educational Resources

Free fact sheets, illustrations and videos created by the experts at CHOP to help parents, child passenger safety technicians and educators.

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Expecting a Baby?

Find tips on how to properly position the seat belt during pregnancy. Download a car seat safety checklist to help you purchase your first child safety seat.

Learn more to help protect yourself and your baby »

CPS Issue Report: Optimizing the Rear Seat for Children

Read our latest research report on how to make the rear seat of motor vehicles safer for children and adolescents.

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Videos and Info:
Car Seat Safety by Age


Your Baby

Newborn to Age 2

What you need to know about choosing and safely installing a rear-facing child safety seat for your new baby.


Your Toddler

Learn when and how to use and correctly install a forward-facing child safety seat for your toddler.


Your 4- to 8-year-old

Find out when your child is ready for a belt-positioning booster seat. Learn about the types of booster seats and how to choose the best one for your child.


Your Older Child

Safety is non-negotiable. Get information for both you and your child on the correct use of seat belts. Find teen driver resources to help keep your young driver safe.


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Car Seat Checks

Meeting with child passenger safety technicians provides a hands-on opportunity to learn how to properly install and use a car seat. Find a car seat check near you.

Expecting a Baby?

Tips to keep your new baby safe — from pregnancy to the first trip home:





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Four Key Safety Tips

  • Restrain your child on every trip, every time.
  • Keep your child in the back seat.
  • Use the best safety restraint for your child's size.
  • Use child safety seats and seat belts correctly.

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