Show All Answers
The best car seat is one that meets your child's age and size requirements and is compatible with your car. Children are safer in the back seat of the vehicle. Generally, the middle seating position is the safest place in the car, but only if the child's car seat and the vehicle seat are compatible and you can get a tight fit. Due to the countless variations of car seats, vehicle seats, and safety belt systems, the most important thing you can do to make sure your child's car seat is installed properly is to thoroughly read both your car seat manufacturer's instructions and your vehicle owner's manual. If you are unable to secure the seat properly, bring your vehicle, car seat, and child to the Ankeny Police Department to have it checked by one of our Safety Technicians.
An infant should be forward-facing after 1 year and weigh at least 20 pounds to reduce the risk of cervical spine injury in the event of a crash. Many infant-only seats and convertible seats are tested up to 20 or 22 pounds rear-facing, which is a problem when an infant reaches 20 to 22 pounds before their first birthday. Fortunately, there are seats for weights higher than 22 pounds in the rear-facing position.
Important: Check labels on car seats to confirm the weight limits! Read both the car seat instructions and the vehicle owner's manual for the correct use and installation of your car seat.
Airbags have been designed to help protect adults in front-end collisions, but not children. So it is very important that all children ages 12 and under or less than 5 feet tall be properly restrained in the back seat. If it is absolutely necessary for a child to ride in the front seat of a car with a passenger-side air bag:
Some used seats may have no safety problems, especially if they are fairly new and have had only one user. However, any used seat may have multiple problems and must be checked carefully before use. Here are some questions to ask regarding a used seat:
For more information about the proper use of child safety seats, visit the following websites: