Car Seat and Seat Belt Safety Videos and FAQs

As a parent or caregiver, car safety is something you’ll think about from before your child is born until long after they buckle their first seat belt. The car can be a dangerous place, especially for kids. But the good news is, there are ways to make car rides safer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper car seat, booster seat and seat belt use can reduce the risk for injury or death by up to 80%.

Check out the videos below, and make sure your vehicle is as safe as possible for your child.

Meet our car seat safety expert, Ava, and learn car safety basics for kids. Pro tip: Pair Ava’s expert advice with your car seat and vehicle user manuals. This will ensure the safest installation—and proper use—of your child’s car seat.

In this series, Ava covers basic information for rear-facing car seats, including infant carriers and convertible seats. She’ll help you understand how to install your seat and use it properly. She’ll also talk about when it’s safe for your child to face forward.

Is your child ready to face forward in the car? With a little help from Ava and your car seat manual, you can make a safe decision. Ava will also walk you through safely installing and using your child’s forward-facing car seat.

Once your child meets or exceeds the height or weight maximum for their forward-facing car seat, it’s time to move to a booster. Ava will introduce the 2 types of booster seats and walk you through safe installation and use.

Once your child is ready to sit on the seat without a car seat or booster, it’s time to brush up on how to safely buckle up. Ava will help you understand when your child is ready for a seat belt, how to properly buckle up and when it’s OK for kids to ride in the front seat.

Get expert answers to the most commonly asked car safety questions from our team of Children's emergency department physicians, nurses and certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs).

Always consult your car seat's manual before you install it in your vehicle. If you have questions about your child's car seat needs, contact your child's healthcare provider or locate a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) near you.

If your child has an injury or is showing signs of illness, call your doctor or visit an urgent care center. If your child has a life-threatening injury or illness, is having trouble breathing or is unconscious, call 911 and/or visit an emergency department immediately.