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Car Safety Seat

Cars with Air Bags

  •     Never put a rear-facing car safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle with a front passenger air bag. If and when the air bag inflates then it will hit the back of the car safety seat where your baby’s head is. This could cause serious injury and/or death.
  •     Never put an infant in the front seat of a car with a passenger air bag.
  •     The safest place for all children to ride in the car is in the back seat.
  •     If an older child must ride in the front seat then he/she must be in a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness and is moved far back as possible from the dash board (where the air bag is located).

Is Your Child Facing the Right Way In the Car?

  •     Infants should ride facing the back of the car until the age of 1 year old and weighs at least 20 pounds.
  •     If the child exceeds 20 pounds or the height limit of the car safety seat before the age of one, then he/she should continue to ride in a rear-facing car safety seat with higher weight and height limits.
  •     A child who weighs more than 20 pounds and is older than 1 year may face forward in back seat of the car.


  •     Harnesses should fit snug against your child’s body.
  •     The chest clip should be placed at the armpit level in order to keep the straps on the shoulders.

Has Your Child Outgrown the Forward-Facing Car Safety Seat?

  •     Use a belt-positioning booster seat (the one with a back attached to the booster) until your child is big enough for the car seat belt to fit properly over the shoulder.

Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LACH) System

  •     An attachment that eliminates the need for car seat belts to secure the car safety seat.
  •     Some vehicles have the LACH system anchors located in the back seat of the car and car safety seats with the LACH have attachments that fasten to these anchors in the car.
  •     Most passenger vehicles and car safety seats made on or after September 1, 2002, come with a LACH system.
  •     Seat belts are still needed to secure the car safety seat if there is no LACH system in the vehicle and in the car safety seat.

It is important to read, follow, and keep all instruction materials for the car safety seat so that your child is securely fasten in the car and ready to go. Also, do not use a used car safety seat that has been damaged in any way, has been recalled, or is too old.


Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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