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Choosing the Right Car Seat

Keeping your little loved ones safe when you drive is a year-round responsibility. Having a high-quality car seat will help ensure that happens. Here’s some advice from AAA Northeast car seat expert Karen Blackburn.

Choose the right seat

You should get a seat that fits your child and your car. Check the manufacturer’s height and weight restrictions before you buy and don’t be afraid to return a car seat that cannot be installed in your vehicle correctly.

Check the recall list

Many popular and recommended brands have recalls. Make sure the specific model you buy does not have any safety defects.

Study the owner’s manual

Read the instructions and check the manufacturer’s website for installation videos, or have yours installed by a certified car seat technician.

For a list of car seat checks near you, go to www.safekids.org/events.

To search for car seat recalls, go to www.safercar.gov.

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