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When riding in a vehicle, it is crucial to keep your child's well being in mind by maintaining proper car seat safety. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14 in the United States. Children can get hurt if they are not properly restrained when riding in a vehicle. However, using an appropriate child safety seat is one way to prevent these injuries.

The first rule of car seat safety is to fit the correct seat to your child and your family's needs. The type of safety seat your child needs depends on many factors. No one seat is "safest" or "best." The "best" child safety seat for a family is the one that is easy to use for the parents or caregivers, fits in the vehicle's seats, is compatible with the vehicle's seat belts, and is the proper size for the child, based on height and weight.

The following are general guidelines, based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to help you maintain proper car seat safety and choose the most appropriate car seat for your child.

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