Information for Parents and Caregivers

Buckle Them Up For a Safe Ride!

It is far too easy for a child to die in a car crash. Children's bodies have little protection against the tremendous forces caused when cars collide, even at low speed. The safest way to protect children against being hurt is to transport them in a child safety seat in the rear seat of the car. By making sure that your children are properly restrained each time you travel, you provide the best possible protection from death or serious injury in the event of a crash. Show your children how much you love them: buckle them up for every trip.

How to Use a Car Seat:

Selection, Direction, Location, Installation and Harnessing

Did You Know?...

  • Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash.
  • 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico require children to be buckled up in child restraints in motor vehicles.
  • At only 30 miles per hour, a 10-pound baby would require 300 pounds of restraining force to be kept safe in a crash.
  • Child safety seat distribution programs for ages 0-4 years yields an estimated cost savings of $2,200 for a cost of only $55 per seat provided (Children’s Safety Network).
  • Car seats work best when used correctly according to the manufacture's instructions and the vehicle instructions.
  • Three out of four car seats are not properly installed.  For proper instructions please visit
  • It can take less than two minutes to install a car seat correctly. Those two minutes can reduce your child’s risk of death by at least 60 percent.
  • Children who have outgrown their car seats should ride in booster seats until they are at least 8 years old, unless they are 4’9” or taller.
  • Children under 13 are safest when properly buckled in the back seat of a motor vehicle.

Page last updated: 11/27/2019