Owning a car seat is one thing: using it properly is another. Many injuries occur when the seat is improperly fastened. It may sound obvious, but to limit the risk to your child, read your car seat’s instructions carefully.
Babies who weigh less than forty pounds (under year two, on average) should ride in the back of the car, facing backward in an infant seat. Kids who weigh more than forty pounds should be moved to a front-facing seat. Use some common sense in deciding when to switch. At forty pounds, you can switch Jimmy to a booster seat with a seat-belt reducer. Finally, kids can ride in the front seat when their feet touch the floor (usually by age twelve) and the seat belt fits comfortably. At any point before this, the front-seat air bag is a serious hazard, even with a rear-facing car seat.