Forward-Facing Car Seats - Step 2

Car seat safety at Phoenix Children's Hospital

In Arizona, motor vehicle collisions are the most common cause of preventable deaths of children. Using a safety seat drastically reduces a child's risk of injury or death. 

How and When to Use a Forward-Facing Car Seat

Children may begin riding in a forward-facing car seat when they are at least 2 years old. There are two types of seats that can be used forward facing:  a convertible car seat and a combination seat.

Children should ride in a forward-facing car seat with 5-point harness as long as possible and until they are at least 4 years old.

Video:  Forward-facing car seats - Step 2  

This video explains the switch from a rear-facing car seat to a forward-facing seat.

Watch Erin explain when your child is ready for a forward-facing seat, and how to make sure your child is sitting in the seat properly.

Facts About Forward Facing Car Seats

  • Children can move to a forward-facing car seat when they are at least 2 years old. 
  • Keep the harness straps snug and keep the plastic harness clip at armpit level.
  • The harness straps should go through the slots that are at or above the level of your child's shoulders.
  • Use the tether strap that attaches the top of the car seat to a hook in the car. 

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