Is Your Baby Safe And Secure? A Guide To Car Seats Car seats are essential items for carrying younger passengers safely in your vehicle. For children who weigh under 40 pounds, car seats are required nationwide. Following are the major types of child safety seats: Forward-facing seats In forward-facing seats, the child faces the front of the car. These seats generally fit children who weigh between 20 and 40 pounds. Rear-facing seats Rear-facing seats should always be installed in the back seat of your vehicle, and they must never be used in the front seat when a passenger-side airbag is installed. If the passenger airbag is deployed in an accident, it can cause serious injury to a child in the rear-facing seat. Booster seats Booster seats allow you to use the existing lap and shoulder belt in your car to strap your child into the seat. Booster seats are recommended for children who weigh up to 80 pounds. Laws vary depending on which state you live in, so be sure to check local regulations regarding use of booster seats. Built-in car seats Built-in car seats are available in some later model cars and SUVs. Check with your dealer for vehicles that will have the type of seat you need. Another important advancement in late model cars (post-2002) is the LATCH program (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children). Cars equipped with LATCH have a system already installed to provide attachment points for the car seat and a safety strap that connects the top of the car seat to the car frame. Your family’s safety is a very important factor to consider when shopping for a new vehicle. At NYE Automotive Group, we can help you look at all aspects of car and truck safety, so the whole family can travel with confidence. Photo courtesy of www.shutterstock.com.