Frequent question: When should I put the car seat in the car?

All children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years of age.

When should you install car seat?

Anytime between 35-37 weeks is a good time to install your infant (or convertible) seat in preparation for the big day. If you go into labor before 35 weeks, your baby will probably spend some time in the NICU, so you’ll have plenty of time to figure it out in the meantime.

What side of the car should the car seat be on?

The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.

When can a child sit in a car without a car seat?

A child aged 3 or older can travel in a back seat without a child car seat and without a seat belt if the vehicle doesn’t have one. In most cases, children under 3 must always be in a child car seat. The rules are different if: the child is in a taxi or minicab.

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Can you put two car seats next to each other?

Type of vehicle: In some cars, two car seats will not fit side-by-side in the back seat. In these situations, it is most important to have each car seat safely installed, even if they are placed on opposite ends. … In these situations, it may be safest to have the car seats on opposite sides.

Can a 6 year old ride without a car seat?

Children need to ride in a booster seat until the seat belt fits right, when they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall, about 80 pounds and 8 years old. What is a Booster Seat? A booster seat is made for older kids when they are too big for a car seat but not big enough for an adult seat belt.

Does my 7 year old need a car seat?

Children 4 through 7 years should use a car seat or booster seat. Adult seat belts are allowed at 8 years old or more than 40 pounds.

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