Why Are Car Seats Important? Using a car seat, also called a child safety seat, is the best way to protect your kids when they’re in a car. Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death and injury for children. Because car seats save lives, using a car seat is the law in every U.S. state.
What year were car seats required for children?
By 1985, federal laws required children under certain ages to ride in a car safety seat.
At what age can a child not use a car seat?
The average Australian child will not outgrow a forward-facing restraint until they are eight years old, and some children may be even older. To be safest in a crash, your child needs to be in a booster seat until they are at least 145 cm tall and can pass the five-step safety test (see below).
Can a 6 year old ride without a car seat?
Children need to ride in a booster seat until the seat belt fits right, when they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall, about 80 pounds and 8 years old. What is a Booster Seat? A booster seat is made for older kids when they are too big for a car seat but not big enough for an adult seat belt.
Does my 5 year old need a 5 point harness?
NHTSA recommends children remain in a forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness until the child reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by the seat. At which time, the child can move into a belt positioning device.
Can my 5 year old sit in a backless booster?
Backless booster seat height requirements: Kids should continue using the booster seat until they’re at least four feet, nine inches, according to AAA.
What kind of car seat can a 4 year old use?
When your child has outgrown the requirements for a forward-facing car seat with a harness, he should transition to a belt-positioning booster with lap/shoulder belt in the car. This type of car seat fits kids up to 80-100 pounds, and in general, most kids need boosters from about age 3 or 4 to at least age 8.