Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Getting safety information and car seat instructions to parents and caregivers is crucial to saving young lives.
  • In 2016, among children under 5, car seats saved an estimated 328 lives. A total of 370 children could have survived if they had been buckled up 100 percent of the time.
  • States now require children to ride in appropriate car seats or booster seats until as old as age 9.
  • Remember to read and carefully follow the installation instructions included with a car seat, as well as the vehicle owner's manual. Failure to do this can lead to incorrect installation, exposing a child passenger to the risk of injury or death in a crash.
  • All children under 13 should always ride in the back seat.
  • Tethers should always be used for forward-facing car seats.