Adjacent car seats can’t keep the other car seats installed correctly — each car seat in each configuration must be installed correctly.
Where is the safest spot to put a car seat?
The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.
Why can’t car seats go in the front?
In a head-on crash (the most common — and deadly — type of collision), a child in the front seat can be thrown into your car’s dashboard or through the windshield. … What’s more, passenger air bags inflate with such force that they can cause severe head and neck injuries to a child.
Can you have 3 car seats in the back of a car?
No room for a third child car seat
Children under 3 must be in a child car seat. If there’s no room for a third child car seat in the back of the vehicle, the child must travel in the front seat with the correct child car seat. Children aged 3 or older can sit in the back using an adult belt.
What is the most dangerous seat in a car?
The backseat is safer than the front seat. The middle seat is 25 percent safer than the back seat.
How much does a child have to weigh to face forward?
While 1 year and 20 pounds used to be the standard for when to flip car seats around, most experts now recommend using rear-facing child seats until children are 2 years old and reach the top weight and height recommendations of the car seat manufacturer, which is typically around 30 pounds and 36 inches.