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Child Safety Seat Tips

AAA offers resources, including free car seat inspections, to ensure your child's safety on the road.

Via Staff
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You can make an appointment with AAA to make sure you child's safety seat is properly installed.

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You know that seat belts and child safety seats are the most effective way to protect children against serious injury and death in motor vehicle crashes. Child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. But did you know that three of every four child car seats are used incorrectly?

AAA cares about your family’s safety. We can help you keep your most precious cargo safe with our free car seat inspections at 40 offices in Northern California, Nevada, and Utah.

AAA can also help with information to ensure that you’re making the best decisions about choosing a car seat, installing it properly, and determining when to move your child from one type of seat or position to another. We encourage you to follow AAA guidelines for maximum protection of your child. 

child safety seat tips

  • Buckle up your child on every trip, every time.
  • Use a properly secured child restraint appropriate for your child’s age, height, and weight.
  • Make sure your child is secure in a booster seat until he or she reaches 4'9", typically between ages 8 and 12.
  • Keep children under age 13 in the backseat; it’s the safest place for them.

Help make every ride a safe ride. Share this information with babysitters, grandparents, and other caregivers who might chauffeur your children.

This article was first published in May 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.