We’re prepping for the 2015 Best Cars for Families awards, which launch March 11, so we have family cars on the brain. Of course, for a lot of families, car seats are a major factor when it comes to their cars.

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How to Find the Right Car Seat
The right car seat will help keep your child safe. (Jamie Page Deaton for U.S. News and World Report

Finding the right car seat for your child and your car can be confusing, especially if you start your research in the car seat aisle of a big box store. There just isn’t a lot of guidance. Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a tool to help parents find the right car seat.

To use NHTSA’s car seat finder, you just need to know your child’s age, height and weight. You input that information and the tool tells you which car seats will work for your child. It’s a great way to narrow down your car seat choices and know that the car seat you’re putting your child in is a safe choice.

The car seat finder isn’t NHTSA’s only tool. From the NHTSA Parents Central site, you can register your child’s car seat to get alerts about any recalls that impact the car seats you own. You can also learn how to install a car seat, and see ratings on how easy various seats are to install.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also has car seat resources for parents.  When your kids outgrow their car seats, but still need a booster, IIHS has booster seat ratings.  The ratings measure how well a booster works in a typical SUV or minivan. Finding a booster that provides the correct fit will go a long way in keeping your child safe in an accident.

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