Child in car seat

Car & Road Safety

Riding unrestrained is the greatest risk factor for death and injury among child occupants of motor vehicles.

Infographic on which type of car seat to use based on age

Who is at Risk?

  • Misuse of child safety seats is widespread. Estimates show that approximately 75-85 percent of children placed in child safety seats and booster seats are improperly restrained.
  • Driver safety belt use is positively associated with child restraint use.
  • The back seat is the safest place for children to ride. Estimates show that children ages 12 and under are 36 percent less likely to die in a crash if seated in the rear seat of a passenger vehicle.

Child Passenger Safety – Right seat, Right time and used the Right way every time!

The best way to protect a child in the car is to use the right seat at the right time and the right way every time the child rides.

Recommendations to Keep Children Safe in the Vehicle

  • Select a car seat based on the child’s age and size, choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.
  • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits on the car seat.
  • To maximize safety, keep a child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
  • Keep children in the back seat at least through age 12.