Car Seat Safety

Best Practices for Car Seat Safety

Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. 

For more information on child passenger safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Parents and Caregivers site.

BEST PRACTICESIOWA LAW
REAR FACING SEATRear Facing seat until maximum weight limit of the seat is reached

30-35 pounds (depending on the seat)
Rear facing seat until 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds
BEST PRACTICESIOWA LAW
HARNESS SEAT5-point harness system until maximum weight limit of the seat is reached

Usually 40 pounds, some seats are now rated 60-65 pounds
Ride in a child safety seat or booster until the age of 5

Seats must be used in accordance to manufacturer’s direction
BEST PRACTICESIOWA LAW
BOOSTER SEATChild should ride in booster seat until their knees bend over the edge of the vehicle seat

Their feet must hit the floor while sitting all the way back before graduating from booster seat

The shoulder belt should not touch the child’s neck
Booster seat or seat belt between the ages 6-11

Regardless of their seating position within a vehicle
BEST PRACTICESIOWA LAW
SEAT BELTRegardless of your age and seating position within the vehicle, protect yourself and others by buckling up every timeRear seat occupants up to age 18 must be secured by safety belt.
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