American Academy of Pediatrics

Car Seat Guidelines


  • All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear facing car safety seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat's manufacturer.


  • All children 2 years of older, or those who have outgrown the rear facing weight or height limit for their car safety seat, should use a forward facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat's manufacturer.


  • All children whose weight or height is above the forward facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 ft 9 inches in height and are between 8 & 12 years old.


  • When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should use a lap and shoulder belt.  All children younger than 13 should be restrained in the rear seat of the vehicle.


**For more information or questions on the policy change, please call 1-800-CAR-BELT**