There are a variety of child safety seats to meet a growing child’s need. Although styles, models, accessories and price can vary, all child safety seats must meet the same safety standard. It’s important that your child rides in a child safety seat that is appropriate for his or her size and age and can be installed correctly in your vehicle. You should always read the child safety seat and vehicle owner’s manual for detailed instructions on how to use and install your car seat.
Basic information about the different categories of child safety seats is provided below.
Rear-Facing Child Safety Seats
Rear-facing supports a young child’s body better and distributes crash forces over the entire body, thereby reducing the risk of head and neck injuries.
There are a few different types of child safety seats that are designed to be used rear-facing: rear-facing only, convertible, and all-in-one seats.
According to best practice recommendations, children should ride rear-facing as long as possible,until they reach the top weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer (the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends rear-facing until a child is 2 years old or until they reach the top weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer).