Buckle Up Your Baby

Buckle up baby –

For a safe, comfortable ride

 Proper use of car safety seats can help keep children safe.

 Here are a few important tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and theAmericanAcademyof Pediatrics:

  • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle.  Use it every time.
  • Always follow your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions.  Read the vehicle owner’s manual to learn how to install the car seat.  Check height and weight limits.


  • Infants and toddlers:  Use a rear-facing seat until they are two years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer.


  • Toddlers and preschoolers:  For children two years of age or older, or those younger than two years of age who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car safety seat, use a forward facing car seat with a harness until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety manufacturer.


  • School-aged children:  If child’s weight or height is above the forward facing limit for their car seat use a belt positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly.  This typically occurs when the child reaches 4’9” tall and between 8 to 12 years of age.

 If you have any questions about installing a child safety seat, or would like to find the nearest Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician who is trained to install your child seat correctly, call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1.888.327.4236.  Or, log on to www.nhsta.gov.

 Educational Resource by Merck & Co., Inc.