The following are five child passenger safety tips to keep in mind:
- Any children under the age of one should ride in a rear-facing car seat.
- You should continue to put children between the ages of one and three into a seat that faces the rear until they can no longer fit because they have reached the top height or weight limit that the car seat’s manufacturer has set.
- Children between the ages of four and seven, or those that have outgrown the car seat that faces the rear, should be placed in a car seat facing the front with a harness.
- Once a child has outgrown a car seat that faces the front, they should be kept in a booster seat until they are large enough to properly use a seat belt. This means that the lap section of the seat belt fits properly over the upper thighs of the child instead of over their stomach. The shoulder section of the seat belt should fit over the chest area and not above the shoulders.
- All children should ride in the back since that is the safest place to be.
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