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The type of seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child’s age and size and the type of vehicle you have.
The following is a list of car safety seats (manufacturer names are bold-faced. Weight is in pounds [lb] and height is in inches ["]). See “Car Safety Seats 2017 Guide” for information about choosing the most appropriate car safety seat for your child.
All products listed meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 as of the date of publication. There may be car safety seats available that are not listed in this publication. Prices are approximate and may vary. The following information is current as of the date of publication. Before buying a car safety seat, check the manufacturer’s instructions for important safety information about proper fitting and use.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has put together the car safety seat Ease of Use Ratings to educate parents and caregivers about car safety seat features and to assist them in finding the appropriate seat for their needs. You can view this list at www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Ratings-Ease-Of-Use.htm.
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is not a testing or standard-setting organization, this publication sets forth the AAP recommendations based on the peer-reviewed literature available at the time of its publication and sets forth some of the factors that parents should consider before selecting and using a car safety seat.
The appearance of the name American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not constitute a guarantee or endorsement of the products listed or the claims made.
32" or less in height
Harness straps must be adjusted to be at or just below child’s shoulders. Child’s head must be 1" or more below top of seat.
Child’s head must be 1" or more below top of seat.
32" or less
5–40 lb and head less than 1" from top of child restraint system with upper seat back
5–22 lb without upper seat back
5–40 lb, up to 44" or when top of head is less than 1.5" from top of shell
Lower anchors can be used up to 35 lb.
50–100 lb and 40"–57" and shoulders are at or above fourth harness slot
Lower anchor installation recommended for securing seat while it is unoccupied
5–45 lb, up to 44" or when top of head is less than 1.5" from top of shell
50–120 lb and 40"–57" and shoulders are at or above fourth harness slot
5–50 lb, up to 44" or when top of head is less than 1.5" from top of shell
5–40 lb, 19"–40" and top of head is at least
1" below top of child restraint headrest in any of its 3 lowest positions
5–40 lb, 19"–37" and top of head is at least
High back: 40–100 lb, 40"–57"
Backless: 40–100 lb, 40"–57"
High back: 30–100 lb, 38"–57"
Backless: 40–120 lb, 40"–57"
Backless: 40–120 lb, 42"–57"
Backless: 40–100 lb, 38"–57"
High back: 30–110 lb, 34"–57"
Backless: 30–110 lb, 34"–57"
High back: 30–110 lb
Backless: 40–110 lb
High back: 38"–57"
High back: 30–100 lb
High back: 33–100 lb
Backless: 40–100 lb
High back: 34"–57"
Lower anchors can be used up to 120 lb.
High back: 40"–57" and top of ears are below top of child restraint headrest
Backless: 40"–57" and ears are below top of vehicle seat back
High back: 38"–57" and top of ears are below top of child restraint headrest
High back: 40–110 lb
High back: 44"–57" and top of ears are below top of child restraint headrest
Backless: 44"–57" and top of ears are below top of vehicle seat back
High back: 40–100 lb
High back: 40"–57"
High back: 40"–52"
Backless: 50–120 lb
High back: 4 years and older
Backless: 5 years and older
40–100 lb and 4–12 years of age
(30–100 lb and 3–10 years of age when used with RideSafer Travel Vest)
XS: Minimum age of 12 months–5 years, not to be used for infants/children under 20 lb
Small: 5–12 years (can be used up to 100 lb). Height must be considered—call E-Z-ON for details (custom sizing available).
22–65 lb, 31"–52"
Backless: 40–100 lb, 43"–57", 4 years or older and top of ears are below top of vehicle seat
Small vest: 30–60 lb, 3–6 years
Large vest: 50–80 lb, 5–12 years
For more information on the seats listed in this guide, please contact the individual manufacturers. Manufacturers of special needs seats have an asterisk (*).
Adaptivemall (Distributor for Tumble Forms Carrie Seats, Traveller Plus EL, and other special needs car seats)*
Angel Guard (Angel Ride Infant Car Bed)*
CARES (Airplane Safety Harness for Children)
Columbia Medical (2000 IPS, 2500 IPS, 2400 Spirit APS)*
Convaid (Carrot 3)*
Cosco (also Dream Ride Car Bed)*
Dream On Me
E-Z-ON Products Inc. of Florida (upright and modified vests and harnesses)*
www.ezonpro.com (Contact to find a distributor for pricing on all products. Accessories available. Restraints must be used with E-Z-ON’s vehicle tether mount, floor mount, or wheelchair mount [with exception of M203 & M101M2 Modified Vests].)
Graco Children’s Products, Inc. (Newell Rubbermaid)
Harmony Juvenile Products
Lilly Gold LLC
Merritt Manufacturing (Chamberlain, Churchill, Roosevelt, Hope Car Bed, Jefferson)*
Peg Pérego USA, Inc.
RECARO Child Safety
R82 (formerly SnugSeat) (Pilot)*
Safe Traffic System, Inc.
Special Tomato (Special Tomato)*
Thomashilfen (RECARO Monza Reha, RECARO Monza Nova 2 Reha, RECARO Performance Sport Reha)*
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