Car Seat Recommendations for Children

Car Seat Recommendations for Children



Birth - 12 months


Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant only seats can only be used rear facing. Convertible and 3 in 1 car seats typically 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.

1 - 3 years


Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It's the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reach the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.

4 - 7 years


Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it's time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

8 - 12 years


Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. 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 cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it's safer there.

Georgia Child Passenger Safety Law (Code 40-8-76)


Effective July 1, 2011 (www.gahighwaysafety.org)
Children under age 8 must be properly secured in an approved car seat or booster seat while riding in:
Passenger automobiles, vans and pickup trucks. Exemptions are: taxicabs and public transit vehicles.
The car seat and or booster seat must:
-Be in the rear seat
- Be appropriate for the child's weight and height
- Meet all US Federal standards
-Be installed and used according to the manufacturer's instructions

Exemptions:


- Children under age 8 whose height is over 4'9" or 57"
- The child's parent or guardian has a written statement from a physician that the child has a physical
or medical condition that prevents placing or restraining them as required by law. Parent or
guardian should keep this statement in their possession.
- A child under age 8 weighing at least 40 lbs. is not exempt from the law. They may use a lap belt
only instead of a car seat or booster seat when:
-The vehicle is not equipped with lap and should belts
-Excluding the driver's seat, all seating positions with lap and should belts are being used to
restrain other children. In this case, the placement of car seats/booster seats should be
evaluated to determine if they can be repositioned to provide the best protection for all children
being transported.

Best Practice Recommendations:


- Always read and follow child restraint instructions for proper use of the child restraint system as well
as the vehicle owner's manual.
- Child restraints should be installed with no more than one inch of movement from side to side, or
front to back (tested at the belt path)
- Rear-facing child restraints should never be placed in front of an active airbag.
- Children should remain rear-facing until the age of (12) twelve months and at least (20) twenty pounds.
- Expectant mothers should always wear their safety belt.
- Children under the age of (12) twelve should ride in the back seat. The back seat is the safest
position for children.

Information gathered on this web page came from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. You can visit Safekids of GA or Safekids USA for further safety recommendations.