Forward-Facing Car Seats with Harnesses

Stage 2: Forward Facing Car Seats with Harnesses until Age 5+

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Keep your child rear-facing until the top weight or height limits for the rear-facing car seat. Once top rear-facing limits are reached, use a forward-facing car seat with a harness and a tether. Keep your child in a car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit for the harness.

  • Toddlers and preschoolers 2 years or older should use a forward-facing safety seat with a harness in the back seat, and should use harnesses until at least 40 pounds.
  • Children should remain in safety seats with harness straps until at least 40 pounds or to the maximum weight limit for harness straps. Avoid graduating to a booster seat until at least 40 pounds (or later if possible).
  • There are a variety of seat options: Convertible, Forward- facing, Combination Toddler/Booster seats.
  • Read labels and seat instructions to determine the correct seat for age, weight and height. Maximum forward-facing harness weight range can vary from 40-85+ pounds.
  • Make sure child is within weight/height limits for the seat and head is more than one inch below the top of the car seat shell.
  • READ the instruction manual AND the safety belt/seat section in your vehicle manual for proper installation guidance.
  • Children under 13 years old should always ride in the back seat.
  • Install safety seats tightly in the vehicle; less than an inch of movement.
  • If using a safety belt to install, LOCK the vehicle safety belt to keep it tight; refer to labels on belt, vehicle owner’s manual, and car seat instruction manual.

Stage 3: Booster Seats