What is the safest seat in a car for a child?

Why is the middle seat safest? Simply stated, the middle seat is the furthest from impact during a collision, as well as the furthest away from air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that all children under the age of 13 ride in the back seat, ideally in the center.

Should car seat go behind driver or passenger?

The car seat should always be installed in the back seat. That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side.

Why is the seat behind the driver the safest?

The majority of crashes are frontal impact crashes. Being in the center rear seat is most beneficial of the more rare but more dangerous side impact crashes. Being in a rear-facing car seat is safer if the crash is front impact as the child’s head, neck and back are all being supported during the crash.

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What is the second safest seat in a car?

We’re here to help you to decide the best position for your car seat:

  • 1) Rear Middle: The Safest Spot!
  • 2) Rear Passenger.
  • 3) Rear Driver.
  • 4) Front Passenger.

What seat should my child be in?

California’s Occupant Protection Law

Children under the age of 8 are required to be secured in a car or booster seat. Children who are 8 years old OR at least 4’9” may be secured by a booster seat, but at minimum wear a seat belt.

Where is the death seat in a car?

The passenger seat next to the driver of an automotive vehicle. [So called because this seat is said to be the most dangerous one in the event of an accident.]

Where is the safest place in the back seat for a car seat?

The safest placement of a car seat is on the rear seat of your vehicle in the center position, as it protects your child in the event of a side impact collision. The rear passenger side of your vehicle is an alternative option.

Are Car Seats Safe in third row?

A child properly restrained in the third row is quite safe, at least as safe as in the second row overall. Choice of rear seating position can make a difference, but simply being properly restrained in any appropriate rear seating position is the the main factor in reducing fatalities.

Is latch safer than seatbelt?

Either seat belt or LATCH, when used correctly, are equally safe. There are many things to keep in mind when deciding which method to use for your child’s car seat. Child’s weight – If your child’s weight is over the LATCH limit, then the decision to use a seat belt installation is an easy one as it’s your only option.

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At what age do you change car seats?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that most children are ready to switch from booster seat to using a seat belt alone somewhere between the ages of 8 and 12 years old.

What kind of seat should a 5 year old be in?

Ideally a 5 year old should be in a forward facing 5-point harness car seat. That can either be a convertible car seat (rear facing/forward facing), a combination car seat (forward facing/booster seat) or an all-in-one car seat (rear facing/forward facing/booster seat). When can my 5 year old use a booster seat?

Does a 7 year old need a car seat?

Children 0 through 3 years and less than 40 inches tall require a child safety restraint. Children ages 4 through 7 and between 40 and 80 pounds and under 57 inches tall must be in a car seat or booster seat. Children at least 4 years old and at least 80 pounds or 57 inches must be in a booster seat or adult seat belt.