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Infant seats should not be confused with infant or child safety seats (car seats). Regular infant seats simply allow young babies to sit up. They’re not designed to protect a baby in a car crash and should never be used to transport infants.
What to look for:
More children are seriously injured or killed in auto accidents than in any other type of accident. Using a car seat is the best protection you can give a child when traveling by car.
Never substitute any type of infant seat for a child safety seat. Only child safety seats — properly installed in the back seat — are designed to protect a child from injury during a collision.
Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat until they reach the maximum weight and height limits recommended by the seat’s manufacturer. Safety experts say to do this based on a child’s size, not their age. So, small children can stay rear-facing until age 3 or 4.
When kids are ready to move to a forward-facing seat, they should be harnessed in until they reach the maximum weight or height for that seat. When they have outgrown their forward-facing harnessed seat, place them in a booster seat. Kids should use a booster seat until the car’s lap-and-shoulder belt fits properly. This usually is when they’ve reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years old.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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