You know your child needs to be in a car seat whenever you hit the road, but with so many different types of car seats on the market, it’s tough to know which one is right for your child. We spoke with the experts at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety about what parents need to know to choose the right car seat.

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The right car seat will keep your child safe. (U.S. News and World Report)

Whether you’re looking for a car seat to take your newborn home from the hospital or one for your elementary-schooler, you need to take a number of factors into account. The child’s age, height and weight all come into play when picking from rear-facing, convertible and front-facing child restraints, as well as child booster seats. We’ve not only laid out how to choose the right child car seat, but we’ve also explained why certain types of seats keep kids safe at different ages, and why you may want to wait before moving your child into a different type of car seat.

Check out Which Car Seat is Right for Your Child and find the safest car seats for your most precious passengers.

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