Should car seat go behind driver or passenger?
The car seat should always be installed in the back seat. That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side.
Is car seat safer on driver or passenger side?
There isn’t really a preferred side for the infant as far as crash safety is concerned. There is virtually no difference between driver’s side and passenger side in crash statistics.
Which side of vehicle is safest for car seat?
Placing the car seat in the wrong spot
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 do car seats go on the passenger side?
The driver’s primary purpose is to focus on the road, and not do a few things at the same time. Otherwise, they can cause a car accident. However, in this position, kids are more secured during a crash than when they sit behind the driver. Also, it’s easier to get the child in and out of the car from that side.
Why is rear-facing safer?
That’s because a rear-facing seat spreads the crash force more evenly across the back of the car seat and the child’s body. It also limits the motion of the head, reducing the potential for neck injury, and keeps the child more contained within the shell of the child restraint.
What is the safest seat in a car for adults?
The rear middle seat is the safest seat in a car
In cars from the most recent model years, experts now recommend adults age 55 or older sit in the front seats if they’re looking for the safest spot, according to The New York Times.
What seat should my child be in?
Current California Law:
Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4’9” in height may be secured by a booster seat, but at a minimum must be secured by a safety belt.
Can you put car seats side by side?
Type of vehicle: In some cars, two car seats will not fit side-by-side in the back seat. In these situations, it is most important to have each car seat safely installed, even if they are placed on opposite ends. Also, larger vehicles may have rear bucket seats with benches in the last row.
Can rear-facing car seat go behind driver or passenger?
Safest place for 2 car seats
The safest place to install two car seats depends on if you’re installing the car seats in the rear-facing or forward-facing positions. If both of the car seats are rear-facing/forward-facing, place the younger child in the middle and the older child behind the passenger seat.
When can I switch my child to forward facing?
The AAP now recommends that kids sit rear-facing until at least age 2 and for longer if possible. NHTSA now recommends: “Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer.”
Are car Seats Safe in third row?
A child properly restrained in the third row is quite safe, at least as safe as in the second row overall. Choice of rear seating position can make a difference, but simply being properly restrained in any appropriate rear seating position is the the main factor in reducing fatalities.
Can a 4 year old sit in the front seat of a car?
We strongly recommend that children sit in the back and remain rear-facing for as long as possible to minimise the risk of injury. However, you are allowed to have them in the front if you use a child seat and follow these safety precautions: Rear-facing child seat – you are required to deactivate all front airbags.