Chief of Police. Jason A. Simmons

Traffic Division

Car Seat Safety

Age/Weight Seat Type/Position Usage Tips
Birth
to at least 1 year
and at least 20 lbs.
Infant-Only Seat/rear-facing or Convertible Seat/used rear-facing.

Seats should be secured to the vehicle by the safety belts or by the LATCH system.
* Never use in a front seat where an air bag is present.
* Tightly install child seat in rear seat, facing the rear.
* Child seat should recline at approximately a 45 degree angle.
* Harness straps/slots at or below shoulder level (lower set of slots for most convertible child safety seats).
* Harness straps snug on child; harness clip at armpit level.

Less than 1 year/ 20-35 lbs. Convertible Seat/used rear-facing (select one recommended for heavier infants).

Seats should be secured to the vehicle by the safety belts or by the LATCH system.
* Never use in a front seat where an air bag is present.
* Tightly install child seat in rear seat, facing the rear.
* Child seat should recline at approximately a 45 degree angle.
* Harness straps/slots at or below shoulder level (lower set of slots for most convertible child safety seats).
* Harness straps snug on child; harness clip at armpit level.

1 to 4 years/ at least 20 lbs. to approximately 40 lbs. Convertible Seat/forward-facing or Forward-Facing Only or High Back Booster/Harness.

Seats should be secured to the vehicle by the safety belts or by the LATCH system.
* Tightly install child seat in rear seat, facing forward.
* Harness straps/slots at or above child's shoulders (usually top set of slots for convertible child safety seats).
* Harness straps snug on child; harness clip at armpit level.

4 to at least 8 years/unless they are 4'9" (57") tall. Belt-Positioning Booster (no back, only) or High Back Belt-Positioning Booster.

NEVER use with lap-only belts—belt-positioning boosters are always used with lap AND shoulder belts.
* Booster used with adult lap and shoulder belt in rear seat.
* Shoulder belt should rest snugly across chest, rests on shoulder; and should NEVER be placed under the arm or behind the back.
* Lap-belt should rest low, across the lap/upper thigh area—not across the stomach.


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
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