0-2+ years

Rear-facing

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the maximum height or weight limit of the car seat.

Infant-only car seats
These can only be used rear-facing.

Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats
Typically, these have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

Types of Car Seats

2-4+ years

Forward-facing

Car seat with a five-point harness
Once your child has reached the maximum height or weight limit allowed in the rear-facing position, then he or she can ride in a forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness. Keep your child in this car seat until they reach the maximum height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer in the forward-facing position.

Types of Car Seats

4-8+ years

Forward-facing

Car seat with a five-point harness
Once your child has reached the maximum height or weight limit allowed in the rear-facing position, then he or she can ride in a forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness. Keep your child in this car seat until they reach the maximum height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer in the forward-facing position.

Booster seat
Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat, transition to a booster seat, but the child should still remain in the back seat.

Types of Car Seats

8-12+ years

Transition to seat belt

Booster seat
Keep your child in a booster seat until they are big enough to fit in a seat belt properly (recommended height is 4’ 9”).

Seat belt
For a seat belt to fit properly, the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not across the neck or face.

Types of Car Seats

Installing your car seat correctly

Installing your car seat correctly

Making sure your car seat is installed correctly can make all the difference in a crash. Let us help you install your car seat so you can go safely every day.

Installation Tips