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Car Safety


Because car seats save lives, all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico require their use. Even so, car crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for children ages 1 through 12. For a car seat to do its job, it has to be the right one for a child’s age and size. Car seats must be installed and used properly to provide adequate protection, and they must be adjusted to fit the child securely. Your child needs the right seat at the right time, used in the right way.


For Parents

arrow If your child is under 1: Choosing a seat
arrow If your child is under 1: Fitting the seat
arrow If your child is 1-3 years old
arrow If your child is 4-7 years old
arrow If your child is 8-12 years old


For More Information

arrow Register your car seat to receive recall and defects information
arrow New car seat recommendations
arrow Ease of Use car seat ratings
arrow LATCH information and instructional videos
arrow Buying a Safer Car for Child Passengers - A Guide for Parents
arrow Additional resources from NHTSA

For Kids

arrow Take the Pledge
arrow Learn Safety Rules
arrow Make Safety Fun
arrow Activity Book


Take the Safety Pledge


Activity Book


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