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Know Your Car Seat Laws

Do you have questions about car seat laws? You’re not alone. Here are tips on finding out when to face your toddler forward, and when to switch over to a bigger seat.

Be sure to review your state’s laws and consult with your pediatrician, but some general guidelines are as follows:

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing seats until age 2 – or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat.

The AAP also recommends that children ride in a booster seat until they have reached 4 feet, 9 inches in height and are 8-12 years old.

Familiarize yourself with your state’s car seat ordinances. You can find your state's Department of Transportation Web site at this national site.

Also, be sure to read your car seat’s manufacturer instructions to ensure the seat is installed properly.