Child Passenger Safety
Car Seat Fitting Stations are specific locations where parents and other caregivers can receive education and training from certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians on how to properly install and use their child safety seat.
Car Seat Recommendations for Children
Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.
Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions and read the vehicle owner’s manual.
To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.
Birth – 12 months
Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.
1 – 3 years
Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
4 – 7 years
Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.
8 – 12 years
Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there