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For Parents

As children grow, how they sit in your car, truck or SUV should change. Save your child from injury or death by observing all four steps. Those four steps are below, and outlined in the Four Steps Flyer for Parents:

  • Rear Facing
  • Forward Facing
  • Booster Seats
  • Vehicle Seat Belt

Rear Facing

Children should ride rear-facing until the maximum weight limit of their seat allows. At a minimum, per Iowa law, a child must stay rear-facing until 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds - both criteria, not one or the other.

 

Direction in Vehicle

Lower Weight Limit

Upper Weight Limit

Harness Strap Position

Harness Strap Tightness

Chest Clip

Installation Angle

Infant Carrier

 

This seat can ONLY rear-face in a vehicle.

Most lower weight limits for infant carriers is 5 pounds.

The upper weight limit of infant carriers can range from 20 to 35 pounds.

Put the harnesses through the slots so they are even with or below the child's shoulders.

Be sure the harness is snug, so you cannot pinch extra webbing at the child's shoulder.

Adjust the chest clip to the armpit level every trip.

Install your child's car seat rear-facing at the angle determined by the manufacturer. Locate and use the recline indicator on your seat.

Convertible

This seat can rear-face or forward-face in a vehicle, depending on the child's age and weight.

Most lower weight limits for convertible seats is 5 pounds.

The upper weight limit of rear-facing convertible seats can range from 40-50 pounds.

Put the harnesses through the slots so they are even with or below the child's shoulders.

Be sure the harness is snug, so you cannot pinch extra webbing at the child's shoulder.

Adjust the chest clip to the armpit level every trip.

Install your child's car seat rear-facing at the angle determined by the manufacturer.  Locate and use the recline indicator on your seat.

Forward Facing

When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in a forward-facing child safety seat, with a harness system until they reach the upper weight or height limit of their particular seat. A child is too big for the seat when the shoulders are above the top slots, the tops of the ears are above the back of the seat or the weight limit is exceeded.

 

Direction in Vehicle

Lower Weight Limit

Upper Weight Limit

Harness Strap Position

Harness Strap Tightness

Chest Clip

Installation

Convertible

This seat can rear-face or forward-face in a vehicle, depending on the child's age and weight.

Most lower weight limits for convertible seats is 5 pounds.

The upper weight limit of forward-facing convertible seats can range from 40-85 pounds.

Put the harnesses through the slots so they are even with or above the child's shoulders.

Be sure the harness is snug, so you cannot pinch extra webbing at the child's shoulder.

Adjust the chest clip to the armpit level every trip.

Use a top tether if your vehicle and car seat are both so equipped.

Forward-Facing Combination

This seat can ONLY forward-face in a vehicle.

Most lower weight limits for combination seats is 20 pounds.

The upper weight limit of combination seats with a harness can range from 40-90 pounds.

Put the harnesses through the slots so they are even with or above the child's shoulders.

Be sure the harness is snug, so you cannot pinch extra webbing at the child's shoulder.

Adjust the chest clip to the armpit level every trip.

Use a top tether if your vehicle and car seat are both so equipped.

Booster Seats

Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats with a harness, they should ride in a booster seat. Booster seats MUST be used in a seating position that has a lap AND shoulder belt. Never use a booster seat with a lap belt only seat belt.

 

Direction in Vehicle

Lower Weight Limit

Upper Weight Limit

Seat Belt Position

Difference Between a High Back and Low Back

Installation

High Back Booster

This seat can ONLY forward-face in a vehicle.

Most lower weight limits for high back boosters is 30 pounds.

The upper weight limit of high back booster seats can range from 80-120 pounds.

The shoulder belt should cross the child's collar bone and the lap belt should cross the child's upper thighs.

A high back booster must be used if there is no vehicle head support for your child when they sit on the booster.

Booster seats are not installed tightly. They sit on the vehicle seat. Buckle the seat belt even when the booster is not in use.

Low Back Booster

This seat can ONLY forward-face in a vehicle.

Most lower weight limits for low back boosters is 40 pounds.

The upper weight limit of low back booster seats can range from 80-120 pounds.

The shoulder belt should cross the child's collar bone and the lap belt should cross the child's upper thighs.

A low back booster can be used if there is vehicle head support for your child when they sit on the booster.

Booster seats are not installed tightly. They sit on the vehicle seat. Buckle the seat belt even when the booster is not in use.

Vehicle Seat Belt

A child can graduate out of a booster seat once they can successfully pass the Safety Belt Fit Test.