Protecting Infants Accord

An infant must be properly restrained in a rear-facing, reclining childseat until the infant reaches theseat maker’s weight or height limit for the seat, and the infant is at least one year old. Many experts recommend use of a rear-facingseat for a child up to two years old if the child’s height and weight are appropriate for a rear-facing seat.

Childseats must be placed and secured in a rear seating position. Rear-facing childseats should never be installed in a forward-facing position. When properly installed, a rear-facing childseat may prevent the driver or a front passenger from moving their seat all the way back, or from locking their seat-back in the desired position.

Make sure that there is no contact between the childseat and the seat in front of it. It can also interfere with proper operation of the front passenger’s advanced front airbag system. If this occurs, we recommend that you install the child seat directly behind the front passenger’s seat, move the seat as far forward as needed, and leave it unoccupied. Or, you may wish to get a smaller rear-facing child seat.


Placing a rear-facing childseat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death during a crash. Always place a rear-facing childseat in the rear seat, not the front.

See also:
Protecting Larger Children Accord
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