Car seats can be confusing and complicated for any parent. Primary Children's Hospital offers a variety of resources to help parent's and families understand and ensure that their car seats are installed properly.

Car Seat Safety Tips

  • Never place a safety seat in the front seat of a car. Regardless of the type of safety seat you use, the front seat is dangerous, especially if your vehicle has air bags.
  • Snugly secure the belt holding the safety seat in the car and the harness holding the child in the safety seat.
  • Make sure your car seat fits properly in your car. Check the vehicle owner’s manual and the safety seat instructions for proper placement procedures.
  • Send in the safety seat registration card. Doing so will keep you informed about any updates or recalls of the product.
  • Destroy a child safety seat if it has been involved in a crash, even if it still looks like it is in good condition. Damage that affects a seat’s ability to withstand another accident is not always visible.
  • Avoid secondhand safety seats. Use a secondhand seat only if it has instructions, the manufacturer’s date and model number on it, and has never been in a crash.
  • Never use an expired safety seat. The life of a car safety seat is about six years.

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