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Car Seat Safety

What type of child passenger restraint is right for your child?

Infants up to age 2


Rear-Facing, Convertible, and 3-in1 car seats

  • Children must ride rear-facing until I year old and 20 pounds.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends keeping children rear-facing for the highest weight and height allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
  • There are different types of rear-facing car seats:
    • Infant only car seats can only be used rear-facing. Infants quickly outgrow these types of seats. Stop using this seat once the baby is over the height and/or weight limit and use a convertible or 3-in-1 seat.
    • Convertible and 3-in-1 seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

Toddlers: Forward-facing car seats

Children over age 2 OR younger children over the rear-facing seat manufacturer’s maximum weight.

  • It is recommended that the top weight be attained before your child leaves a full harness car safety seat.
  • When moving the seat from rear-facing to forward-facing consult the owner’s manual, or make an appointment with Safe and Sound.

Young Kids: Booster Seats

Children between ages 8 and 12 AND under 4’ 9”.

  • A belt-positioning booster must be used with your car’s shoulder and lap belt until the child is tall enough (usually 4’ 9”) for the seat belt to fit properly.
  • High-back boosters are recommended for all children ages 4 to at least 8 years old and 4’ 9” tall.
  • Never use a low-back booster in the back seat without a head rest.
  • Boosters must be used with both lap and shoulder belts.

Older Kids: Safety Belts

For children over 4’ 9” tall.

  • The shoulder belt should rest snugly across the chest while resting on the shoulder. NEVER place the shoulder strap behind the body.
  • The lap belt should rest low across the lap and upper thigh area, NOT across the stomach.
  • All children younger than 13 years of age should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

910 Blackford Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403



This number is for clinical personnel to arrange tranferring a patient to Children's Hospital. Please call the main line (listed above) if you are trying to locate a patient.

7 nights a week
6:00 p.m. – Midnight

Located on the Ground Floor of Massoud Building at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. Take elevator K from the Main Lobby of Children’s and follow the signs to the registration desk.

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