Does your child need to use a rear-facing or forward-facing car seat? Is your car seat registered and the right size? To many families, the answer is simply “I don’t know.”
September 19 to 25 is National Child Passenger Safety Week, raising awareness about the importance of making sure your child is in the correct car seat, that it’s properly installed and used, and that it’s registered with its manufacturer to ensure you receive important safety updates.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTA) encourages you to follow these important steps to choose the right seat, install it correctly, and keep your child safe.
Get Help Checking Your Car Seat
- If you have a car seat in your vehicle, visit a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in your community
- Use this simple search tool to find a car seat inspection station
The Right Seat
- Learn about the four types of car seats
- Make sure you use a car seat that fits your child’s current size and age. Use this chart.
- Not all car seats fit in all vehicles. Make sure the car seat is the right fit for your vehicle
Register Your Car Seat
- Every seat purchased comes with a postage-paid registration card that you can drop in the mail.
- Or, register your seat online
Ask a certified Child Safety Passenger Technician, which can be found at many local police or fire departments. The technician can conduct a free check of your car seat and teach you how to install it correctly in your car.