|Child Size, Height, Weight, or Age
||Recommended Restraint Type
40 lb (18 kg) or less (generally age four or younger).
||Use a child restraint (sometimes called an infant carrier, convertible seat, or toddler seat).
|Children who have outgrown or no longer properly fit in a child restraint (generally children who are less than
57 in (1.45 m) tall, are greater than age four and less than age 12, and between
40 lb (18 kg) and
80 lb (36 kg) and upward to
100 lb (45 kg) if recommended by your child restraint manufacturer).
||Use a belt-positioning booster seat.
|Children who have outgrown or no longer properly fit in a belt-positioning booster seat (generally children who are at least
57 in (1.45 m) tall or greater than
80 lb (36 kg) or
100 lb (45 kg) if recommended by child restraint manufacturer).
||Use a vehicle seatbelt having the lap belt snug and low across the hips, shoulder belt centered across the shoulder and chest, and seat backrest upright.
You are required by law to properly use child restraints for infants and toddlers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Many states and provinces require that small children use approved booster seats until they reach age eight, a height of
57 in (1.45 m) tall, or
80 lb (36 kg). Check your local and state or provincial laws for specific requirements about the safety of children in your vehicle.
When possible, properly restrain children 12 years of age and under in a rear seating position of your vehicle. Accident statistics suggest that children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seating positions than in a front seating position.
When installing a rear facing child restraint, adjust the vehicle seats to avoid interference between the child restraint and the vehicle seat in front of the child restraint.