Child Passenger Safety

illustration of a boy in a car seat

Prevent crash injuries in children.

Always properly buckle children aged 12 and under in the back seat.

Buckle Kids Right: Know the Car Seat Stages

Buckle Up Every Age, Every Seat, Every Trip

Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. But many of these deaths can be prevented. Always, buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80%.

Birth up to age 2. Buckle children in a rear-facing seat until age 2 or when they reach the upper weight or height limit of that seat.

Using the correct car seat can be a lifesaver

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Age 2 until at least age 5. Make sure your child is always buckled in an age- and size-appropriate car seat or booster seat.

Using the correct car seat can be a lifesaver

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Make sure your child is always buckled in an age- and size-appropriate car seat or booster seat.

Using a booster seat until seat belts fit properly can be a lifesaver

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Make sure your child is always buckled in an age- and size-appropriate car seat or booster seat.

Using a properly fitting seat belt can be a lifesaver

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CDC Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths. In 2013, the US crash death rate was more than twice the average of other high-income countries. www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/motor-vehicle-safety