Car Seat Safety

Injury Prevention Car Safety cartoonAccording to Team Educators for Child Safety (TECHS) in Pennsylvania, 9 out of 10 car seats are improperly installed. Learn how to install your child’s car seat properly. Attend a TECHS car seat safety inspection or schedule a personal appointment by calling 412-885-0266.  Learn more about the AAP Car Seat Guidelines.

Car Seat Safety Chart

Choose the appropriate car seat for your child with the guidelines below.

Birth to 1 year

Up to 20 pounds and 26 inches long
  • Use a rear-facing infant seat or a convertible seat in the rear-facing position.
  • Set the shoulder straps below the child’s shoulder level.
  • Thoroughly review manufacturer’s instructions.

1 to 4 years 

20 to 40 pounds, 26 to 40 inches tall 

  • Use a forward-facing seat or a convertible seat in the forward-facing position.*
  • Position the straps at or above shoulder level.
  • Thoroughly review manufacturer’s instructions.

* The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children remain rear-facing in their car seats until they are at least 2 years old and/or until they reach the maximum weight limit for their seat to be rear-facing. Pennsylvania law states the minimum time rear-facing is 1-year-old and at least 20 pounds, but rear-facing is the safest way for younger children to travel.

4 to 8 years

40 to 80 pounds, 40 to 57 inches tall
  • Use a belt-positioning booster seat or a high-back, belt-positioning booster seat that uses the vehicle’s lap-shoulder belt.
  • Don’t use a shield-type booster seat.
  • Thoroughly review manufacturer’s instructions.