SAFETY INFORMATION & GUIDELINES

Our number one priority is safety for the children who depend on our products every day. And, nowhere is safety more important than in the car. While specific and rigid government safety requirements guide the design and production of every car seat we make, we, at Graco, take extra steps to meet or exceed those standards to help protect your little one.

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GRACO’S CRASH TEST FACILITY

We own and operate our very own crash test facility in Atlanta, Georgia. This allows us the flexibility to run tests throughout car seat product development that meet or exceed the US Safety standard guidelines for car seat safety (FMVSS 213).

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A DEDICATED TEAM

Across the country, we have a team of over 90+ certified passenger safety technicians specifically dedicated educating communities on the correct selection, installation, and use of car seats, booster seats, and vehicle seat belts, ensuring that caregivers are up to date on car seat education. Every one of our technicians is trained in child passenger safety by Safe Kids Worldwide—an international organization dedicated to preventing child injury.

Car Seat Safety Standards

Graco Supports the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s Car Seat Guidelines

The AAP states that children under 2 years old are 90% less likely to sustain serious injury when in a rear-facing seat. It is recommended you keep your child in a rear-facing car seat until age 2 or when they outgrow the max height OR weight requirements of the seat. Graco offers a line of car seats that help your child safely ride rear-facing longer, until they reach 50 lb.

  • Once they’ve outgrown their rear-facing car seat, it’s time to transition to a forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness. According to NHTSA, when compared with seat belts, 5-point harness restraints are associated with a 28% reduction in risk of serious injury. Graco offers seats with extended harness weight ratings from 65 to 80lb.

  • After they outgrow the need for a harnessed car seat, children should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they reach 4 ft. 9 in. tall, age 8-12..Children can graduate to just the vehicle seat belt once they can sit all the way back against the vehicle seat with knees bent at the edge of the seat, the shoulder belt fits across the collarbone and sits flush with the torso, the lap belt sits low on the hips and tops of the thighs, and they can stay seated this way for the entire ride.

CAR SEAT USAGE

AGE, HEIGHT AND WEIGHT

Use this table to quickly find out which of Graco’s car seat categories is right for your child based on their age, height, and weight.

Age Height Weight
Infant Car Seats Up to 1 Yr Up to 32" 4-40lb
Convertible Up to 4 Yrs Up to 50" 4-65lb
AIO Up to 12 Yrs Up to 57" 4-120lb
Harness Booster Up to 12 Yrs Up to 57" Up to 120lb
Booster Up to 12 Yrs Up to 57" Up to 120lb

Chart is based on market availability, not recommendations.

Be sure to check your local/state laws in addition to the AAP & NHTSA regarding car seat usage.

* Information based on market availability, not recommendations.

INSTALLATION

To make installing your car seat as easy as possible, Graco has created step-by-step instructions and how-to videos to walk you through the installation process. Lightweight and easy to use, Graco infant car seats and in-car bases allow for convenient use of the carrier interchangeably between multiple cars. We also offer intuitive features across all car seat categories like seat belt lock offs, one-second latch, level indicators, and recline adjustability to help make car seat installation easier. LEARN MORE

CAR SEAT EXPIRATION

Did you know your car seat expires? Graco stamps an expiration date into the bottom of each car seat so you know when it is time to replace it. Expiration dates can range anywhere from six to ten years or more depending on the car seat, so it’s important to check yours. Used or expired car seats can be dangerous, especially if you don’t know the car seat’s history. click here

SAFETY RESOURCES