State laws that require child-seat use among kids eight and younger save lives, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Among states that issued stricter laws requiring car seats until a child is at least 7 years old, deaths and serious injuries among children in vehicles fell 17 percent, the agency says.
Which type of seat is appropriate for your youngster? The CDC advises:
- Birth to age 2: Rear-facing car seat.
- Age 2 to age 5: Forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness.
- Ages 5 and up: Booster seat, until the child reaches 57 inches and a seat belt fits properly.