Buckle Up: Keeping Your Kids Safe in the Car

girl in booster seat

This week, as part of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14-20), we’re teaming up with the General Motors Foundation to help keep kids safe while riding in the car.

New Research

Today, we released a new research report with information that could help answer some of the questions parents have about when to switch from a booster seat to just a seat belt. We surveyed 1,000 parents of children ages 4 to 10 and found that an alarming number of parents are allowing kids to use a seat belt alone before they are big enough.  In fact, 7 in 10 parents do not know that a child should be at least 57 inches (4’9”) to ride in a car without a booster seat.

Here’s why this is important.  Booster seats protect children who are too big for a car seat but too small for a seat belt. And booster seats can reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent compared to seat belts alone. It’s very important to keep kids in a booster seat until they are at least 57 inches tall, (4’9”) and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds.

See more insights from our research.


Our infographic explains the major findings from the study.

Seat Check Saturday

Each year, Safe Kids hosts more than 8,000 car seat check-up events. During Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids will host more than 600 events across the country culminating on Saturday, September 20, “Seat Check Saturday.”

If you’re interested in getting your car seat or booster seat checked, you can find a car seat check-up event in your area this week, or anytime during the year. Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to provide one-on-one help and instruction on installing car and booster seats.  

Interactive Tool: Is It Time for a Change?

Want a quick and easy way to know if it’s time for your child to move to the next seat? Take a look at our new ThingLink, Is it Time for a Change? And if you want more information, click on the dots that will play a video featuring our expert explaining the details.

Hear from a State Trooper on the Importance of Getting Your Seat Checked

State Trooper Jason Sylvester wrote a blog for us that details the events of one incident that really showed just how important it is to have children in the right seat for their size. Read Trooper Sylvester’s blog.

Bubble Wrap Video

We know that car seats can be hard to install. That’s why we created this fun video on how one mom deals with the challenges.  If you are having trouble installing your car seat, we can help.

Car Seat Checklist

Think your car seat is already installed correctly?  About 3 out of 4 car seats we check aren’t. We have and easy way you can check. Here are five things every parent needs to know to make sure your car seat is properly installed.

Top Tips for Parents

If you want specific tips based on your child’s needs, we’ve got you covered. See our comprehensive tips for car seats, booster seats and seat belts.