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Traveling Safely With Children: The Basics

  • Everybody needs a child safety seat, booster seat, or safety belt!
  • There must be one safety belt for each person. Buckling two people, even children, into one belt could injure both.
  • People who are not buckled up can be thrown from the car or around inside the car, and seriously hurt themselves or others.
  • Never hold a child on your lap! You could crush him/her in a crash, or the child may be torn from your arms.
  • Never ride in the cargo area of a station wagon, van or pickup!Anyone riding in the cargo area could be thrown out and severely injured or killed.
  • No one seat is "best". The "best" child safety seat is the one that fits your child and can be installed correctly.
  • Children age 13 and under should ride properly restrained in back.

WARNING: The back seat is the safest place in a crash. Children age 13 and under should ride properly restrained in back. Infants riding rear-facing must NEVER be placed in front of an airbag.

New child safety seats and booster seats come with registration cards. Be sure to register your new seat so you will be notified if there is a recall. If you don't have a card, call the safety seat manufacturer.