Don’t Wimp Out! Remember your 1’s and 3’s for Car Seat Safety!

As a certified passenger safety technician (CPST), I am super strict when it comes to car seat safety. My kids know all about buckling up. My soon to be 10-year-old daughter is always on top of her brothers, making sure they are buckled up properly. She knows that her 4-year-old brother’s chest clip should be at the nipple line and snug against him. She even knows to double check her 7-year-old brother is in his booster seat properly. It really is impressive, you might even forget she’s only a child herself. She herself is dying to sit in the front passenger seat. It’s tough saying no to her when she is showing maturity way above her years….but she is still a child.


“Every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States. For younger children, car seats can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury – but over half of car seats are either installed or used incorrectly. For older children, buckling up is critical. A full 50% of children age 8-14 who were killed in car crashes from 2011-2015 were not restrained.*”

Even I needed a reminder. It’s imperative that a child is safely restrained—whether that’s selecting the right car seat for their child’s age and size, or making sure that older kids (8-14) always buckle their seat belts and sitting in the backseat.

I’ve come up with a great way to remember, 1’s and  3’s

  • 1! > Children under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat
  • 1 – 3! > Children ages 1-3 should be kept in a rear-facing seat until they reach the car seat’s top height or weight limit.
  • 13! > Keep your child in the back seat until at least age 13

Remember, the BEST car seat is the one that fits your child properly, is easy to use, and fits in your vehicle correctly. For more information, please visit: https://www.safercar.gov/therightseat

*According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).