Health Tip: Which Car Seat Should Your Child Use?

State laws that require child-seat use among kids eight and younger save lives, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Among states that issued stricter laws requiring car seats until a child is at least 7 years old, deaths and serious injuries among children in vehicles fell 17 percent, the agency says.

Which type of seat is appropriate for your youngster? The CDC advises:

  • Birth to age 2: Rear-facing car seat.
  • Age 2 to age 5: Forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness.
  • Ages 5 and up: Booster seat, until the child reaches 57 inches and a seat belt fits properly.

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