ConnDOT: Child Passenger Safety

Child Passenger Safety

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Car Seat Recommendations for Children
There are many car seat choices on the market. Use the information below to help you choose a car seat that best meets your child's needs. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Find the Right Car Seat
  • Find a car seat that fits your child. As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure the car seat you purchase is designed to fit your child’s current size and age.
  • Make sure that the car seat is the right fit for your vehicle. Not all car seats fit in all vehicles. Test the car seat you plan to buy to make sure it fits well in your vehicle. Every car seat has different installation instructions.
  • Buy a car seat that can be installed and used correctly every time.
    Go to a car seat safety check station or
    make an appointment with your local police station
    for a safety check before you place your child in any new seat.
Age and Size Chart
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Select a car seat based on your child's age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.

Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer's instructions; read the vehicle owner's manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.

To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer's height and weight requirements.

Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

Learn more.
Link to NHTSA -
Link to NHTSA's Parents Central -
Reference Series: Transportation in Connecticut Article No. 13a