Car Seat Safety

Parent Educator conducting car seat check with newborn

Follow these Best Practices for the safest way to travel with your child.

#1 - BEST PRACTICE

Have your child in an appropriate rear facing car seat until the maximum weight limit of the safety seat is reached.  This can be up to 30 or 35 pounds depending on the seat.

#1 - IOWA LAW

Children must ride in an appropriate rear facing safety seat until 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds

#2 - BEST PRACTICE

A child should remain in a 5-point harness system until the maximum weight limit for the seat is reached. This is usually 40 pounds, although some 5-point harness seats are now rated up to 60-65 pounds.

#2 - IOWA LAW

Children must ride in a child safety seat or booster seat through the age of 5. Seats must be used in accordance with manufacturer's direction.

#3 - BEST PRACTICE

Once a child is at the maximum weight for the 5-point harness seat, they can graduate into a booster seat. A child should ride in a booster seat until their knees bend over the edge of the vehicle seat and their feet touch the floor while sitting all the way back.

#3 - IOWA LAW

Children must be in a booster seat or seat belt between the ages of 6 and 11, regardless of their seating position within a vehicle.

#4 - BEST PRACTICE

BUCKLE UP FOR LIFE! Regardless of your age, protect yourself and fellow occupants by buckling up  every trip, every time, regardless of your seating position within the vehicle.

#4 - IOWA LAW

Rear seat occupants up to age 18 must be secured by a safety belt.


For more information on child passenger safety, visit the Parents Central website.