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rear seat and parents have no other option than to place a child (other than an infant in a rear-facing child safety seat) in a front passenger seating posi- tion, take these steps:

  • 1 .

    Ensure the child is properly restrained,

  • 2 .

    Move the vehicle seat as far back as possible,

  • 3 .

    Make sure the child is not leaning out of position, and

  • 4 .

    Set the air bag on-o switch, if available, to the OFF position .

When faced with having to choose which child other than an infant in a rear-facing child safety seat to place in front of an air bag in the front seat, select the child that can be most relied upon to remain in a proper seating position. is may not necessarily be the oldest child .

Remember: Infants in rear-facing child safety seats must NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with an active front passenger air bag.

  • Q.

    How do I choose the most appropriate pas- senger restraint for my child?

  • A.

    Refer to the 4 Steps for Kids chart on page 21 to help you choose the child restraint system that is correct for the age, size, and weight of your child .

  • Q.

    When should a child use a booster seat?

  • A.

    All children who have outgrown child safety seats should be properly restrained in booster seats until they properly t in seat belts . is generally occurs when they reach the age of 8, or height of 4’9 . When used correctly, booster seats can help prevent injury to older children


by making adult-sized seat belts t properly.

    • e adult lap and shoulder belt should t the child snugly, with the lap belt lying at across the upper thigh area, and the shoulder belt crossing the chest, resting against the middle of the child’s shoulder .

  • Q.

    What could happen if my child doesn’t use a booster seat?

  • A.

    Without a booster seat:

    • e lap belt can ride up over the child’s stomach

and cause serious internal injuries in a crash.

  • e shoulder belts may be uncomfortably high,

leading to misuse if children put the seat belts behind their backs or under their arms . ese mis- uses can cause very serious internal injuries.

Regardless of weight or height, all children under 13 should be properly restrained in the rear seat. Always read the child safety seat or booster seat manufacturer s instructions, as well as the vehicle owner s manual, before installing a child safety seat.

  • Q.

    Will a vehicle’s seat belt system meet the needs of my children?

  • A.

    Correct seat belt use for all vehicle occupants should be the rule in your vehicle . Children who have clearly outgrown child safety seats and booster seats should be able to t the adult belt system correctly .

Read the vehicle owner’s manual to be sure you understand how to use the seat belt correctly, and remember the following:


Buying A SAfer CAr for Child PASSengerS 2009

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