General Child Seat Use Information by gvy99938

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									               General Child Seat Use
                    Information
Children ages 12 and under are safest when properly buckled in the
                            rear seat.
 Always refer to the child seat and vehicle manufacturers’ instructions for proper use and installation
                                             instructions.

       Age/Weight                        Seat Type/Seat                        Usage Tips
                                            Position
                                           Infants
         Birth to at least           Infant-Only Seat/rear-facing or Never use in a front seat where
            1 year and                 Convertible Seat/used rear-        an air bag is present.
                                                   facing
          at least 20 lbs.
                                                                       Tightly install child seat in
                                       Convertible Seat/used rear-      rear seat, facing the rear.
         Less than 1 year/
                                     facing (select one recommended
              20-35 lbs.
                                            for heavier infants)       Child seat should recline at
                                                                             approximately a
Children may remain in their rear-
                                      Seats should be secured to the        45 degree angle.
facing seats as long as they haven’t
                                     vehicle by the safety belts or by
   exceeded the height or weight
                                            the LATCH system.          Harness straps/slots at or
           requirements.
                                                                          below shoulder level
                                                                       (lower set of slots for most
                                                                          convertible child safety seats).

                                                                          Harness straps snug on child;
                                                                           harness clip at armpit level.

                                  Preschoolers/Toddlers
            1 to 4 years/             Convertible Seat/forward-facing      Tightly install child seat in
          at least 20 lbs.                           or                     rear seat, facing forward.
         to approximately                Forward-Facing Only or
               40 lbs.                Combination Seat with Harness.       Harness straps/slots at or
                                                                             above child’s shoulders
   Children may remain in their        Seats should be secured to the      (usually top set of slots for
  forward-facing seats as long as     vehicle by the safety belts or by         convertible child
they haven’t exceeded the height or         the LATCH system.                     safety seats).
       weight requirements.
                                                                          Harness straps snug on child;
                                                                                  harness clip
                                                                                at armpit level.

                                       Young Children
    4 to at least8 years/unless          Belt-Positioning Booster          Booster used with adult lap
      they are 4’9”(57”) tall.                 No back or                 and shoulder belt in rear seat.
                                        High Back Belt-Positioning
                                                 Booster.                    Shoulder belt should rest
                                                                           snugly across chest, rests on
                                             NEVER use with               shoulder; and should NEVER
                                              lap-only belts—               be placed under the arm or
                                       belt-positioning boosters are             behind the back.
                                        always used with lap and
                                               shoulder belts.              Lap-belt should rest low,
                                                                          across the lap/upper
                                                                               thigh area—
                                                                         not across the stomach.
Stay informed about child safety seat recalls; be sure to fill out the registration card that comes
with new child seats.
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