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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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).

Surrounded by Safety


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.

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Car Seat Safety Standards

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

The AAP recommends that all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat. Most convertible seats have limits that will permit children to ride rear-facing for 2 years or more. Graco offers a line of car seats that help your child safely ride rear-facing longer, until they reach 50 lb.

  • Once children have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car seat, the AAP recommends that they should use a forward-facing car seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat. 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 up to 65 lb.

  • After children have reached the maximum forward-facing harness weight or height for their car seat, the AAP recommends that they should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age. 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.



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
Rear-Facing Infant Car Seats Up to at least 1 Yr Up to 35"* 4 - 40 lb*
Convertible Car Seat Up to 4 Yrs Up to 49" 4-65lb
All-in-One Car Seat Up to 12 Yrs Up to 57" 4 - 120 lb***
Forward-Facing Harness Booster At least 1 Yr to 12 Yrs** Up to 57" 40 - 120 lb***
Forward-Facing Belt Positioning Booster 4 - 12 Yrs 43 - 57" 40 - 120 lb***

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

*Chart is based on the max Graco market available height/weight, not recommendations. Some models only go to 30" and 22 or 30lb

**Children are safer riding rear-facing and should ride rear-facing as long as possible, until they reach the maximum rear-facing height or weight rating for their car seat.

***Chart is based on the max Graco market available height/weight, not recommendations. Some models only go to 100lb


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


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