What Are the Age Regulations for Car Seats?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 29, 2020 2:04:32 AM ET

Age regulations for car seats vary by car seat type; children should ride in rear-facing seats or front-facing seats between the ages of 1 and 3 and may remain in car seats or transition to booster seats between the ages of 4 and 7. Parents can also keep children in car seats from ages 4 through 7, then switch to a booster seat between the ages of 8 and 12, whenever children are tall enough to safely wear a seat belt, notes the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).