The size and type of car seat you should use for your child depends on his/her age and weight. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines, children should be kept in an age- and weight-appropriate car restraint until they are big enough to use a regular seat belt correctly.
What size car seat should my child be in?
It’s also important to note that kids under the age of 12 should not be allowed to sit in the front seat in cars with a passenger airbag. Should the airbag deploy with a child in front, it could cause serious damages in a car accident.
If you’re unsure of what type of position is best for your child, you can use the NHTSA’s Car Seat Finder tool, enter the following to determine what seat is the best match for your baby.
If you’re in the market for a new car seat, you might want to check Consumer Reports for recommended seats and safety ratings. You can also check the NHTSA’s safercar.gov to check for child seat recalls or if there are have been any safety complaints filed.