Child Seat Recalls
Protecting Your Children the Right Way
Although 96 percent of parents who use child safety seats, booster seats and safety belts to protect their children think they are doing it correctly, check ups continually show that 4 out of 5 unintentionally make mistakes that could result in their child being injured or killed in a crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board has called upon automakers and others to establish permanent child safety seat fitting stations so that every parent may have every opportunity to be sure that every child is riding safely in every vehicle. To find a child safety seat fitting station in your area visit www.seatcheck.org or call 1-866-SEAT CHECK.
The National Transportation Safety Board has also called upon the 50 States to enact laws to require that all children up to 8 years old use child restraint systems and booster seats and that all children age 12 and younger ride in the rear seat.
Today, all 50 States and the District of Columbia have child restraint laws. However, only 18 States and the District of Columbia require children up to 8 years old to use child restraint systems and boosters seats as recommended. To find out what your State laws is visit www.usa.safekids.org.
Use the Correct Child Restraint System for Your Child’s Age and Size
- Keep your child in a rear-facing seat until your child is at least 1 year old and at least 20 pounds.
- Use a forward-facing seat with a harness after your child has outgrown their rear-facing seat. Your child should stay in this seat until they weigh approximately 40 pounds or their ears reach the top of the seat.
- Use a booster seat when your child has outgrown the forward-facing seat. Be sure to check the height and weight limits for the seat you own. Your child needs to use a booster seat from about 4 to 8 years old or until your child reaches about 4 feet, 9 inches.
- Keep your child in a booster seat until the adult lap-and-shoulder belt fits properly. The seat belt should lie across the chest between the neck and arm and the lap belt must be across the upper thighs, not the soft stomach.
- An adult lap-and-shoulder belt can be used when your child is tall enough (usually about 4 feet, 9 inches) to sit against the back of the car’s seat with their legs bent at the knees with their feet hanging down.
Child Seat Recalls
For a complete list of child seat recalls please visit NHTSA's Defects & Recalls page to search by manufacturer.