7 Common Car Seat Mistakes that Put Your Kids at Risk

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Mistake #1: Using the Wrong Type of Seat

This boy is too young to be in a forward-facing car seat. Babies and kids under 2 should always ride in rear-facing car seats. The rear-facing position is safer for the littlest kids because they have large heads and small necks. Once a child has outgrown the manufacturer recommendation for their rear-facing seat, they should move into a forward-facing seat with a five-point restraint harness. When they outgrow that seat, they can move into a booster seat and use the car’s seat belt. Once they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches, they can sit in the back seat without a booster. Children should not ride in the front seat of a car until they are 12. 

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