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Child Safety Seat Recalls Search Child Safety Seat Ratings State CPS Training Contacts Fitting/Inspection Stations Technician Contact Locator

Motor Vehicle Occupant Protection Facts-Children, Youth and Young Adults
2004 Child Passenger Safety Week Planer
(English / Spanish)
Add-On Vehicle Belts, Buckles, and Clips
Are You Using It Right
(English / Spanish)
A Guide to Implementing Child Passenger Safety Inspection Stations
A Parent's Guide to Buying and Using Booster Seats (English / Spanish)
A National Strategy: Increasing Booster Seat Use for 4- to 8-Year-Old Children
Air Bag On/Off Switch Installer Locator
Best Practices for Promoting Booster Seat Use
Buying A Safer Car For Child Passengers 2004
Child Passengers Safety Archive
Children and Air Bags
Child Passenger Safety Courses 2003-2004
Child Restraint Systems Notices and Final Rules
Child Restraint Re-use After Minor Crashes
Child Passenger Safety Laws
Child Safety Seat Dictionary
Child Safety Seat Registration Form
Child Transportation Safety Tips
Compliance Testing
4 Steps for Kids (English / Spanish)
2002 Controlled Intersection Study(PDF)
NHTSA Regional Offices
One Minute Safety Seat Checklist (English / Spanish)
NHTSA Reports to Congress
Reporting Problems with Car Child Safety Seat
Retrofitting Shoulder Belts
Study: Misuse of Child Restraints
Types of Child Safety Seats
The Use of Child Restraints in 2002

Select a Child Passenger topic for more information.

Proper Child Safety Seat Use Chart
Buckle Everyone. Children Age 12 and Under in Back!
WEIGHT Birth to 1 year
at least 20-22 lbs.
Over 1 year and
Over 20 lbs.-40 lbs.
Over 40 lbs.
Ages 4-8, unless 4'9''.
TYPE of SEAT Infant only or rear-facing convertible Convertible / Forward-facing Belt positioning booster seat
SEAT POSITION Rear-facing only Forward-facing Forward-facing
ALWAYS MAKE SURE: Children to one year and at least 20 lbs. in rear-facing seats

Harness straps at or below shoulder level
Harness straps should be at or above shoulders

Most seats require top slot for forward-facing
Belt positioning booster seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belt.

Make sure the lap belt fits low and tight across the lap/upper thigh area and the shoulder belt fits snug crossing the chest and shoulder to avoid abdominal injuries
WARNING All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat

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bullet Guia Para la Compra y
Uso de Asientos Elevados

bullet Lista de Revisión de
un Minuto para Asientos
de Seguridad

Link to the NHTSA Multicultural Latino/Hispanic Outreach Program
bullet NHTSA Multicultural

¿LO ESTÁ USANDO CORRECTAMENTE? / Are You Using it Right? (in spanish)

Corazón de mi vida: Child Passenger Safety Initiative Community Coordinator's Handbook
bullet Corazón de mi vida Kit
Comprando un Auto Más Seguro para Niños Pasajeros 2003 / Buying a Safer Car For Child Passengers 2003 (in spanish)
bullet Comprando un Auto Más
Seguro para Niños
Pasajeros 2003

bullet Sí- No - Sálvele la
Vida a su Bebé

bullet Creciendo Seguros
4 Etapas de Seguridad
para Niños

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A Guide to Implementing Child Passenger Safety Inspection Stations Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren A National Strategy. Increasing Booster Seat Use for 4 - to 8 - Years Old Children. October 2002. Child Transportation Safety Tips

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