CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY BASICS

What's right for your child?

Whether renting with Avis, or driving your own car, remember these key tips:

  • Carefully review both the child restraint and vehicle instructions.
  • All children, 12 years old and younger, should always be buckled up in the back!
  • Never place a child restraint in a seating position with an active airbag.
  • Always get a tight fit-the restraint should not move more than one inch from side to side or front to back.
  • Make sure that the harness straps and clip are positioned and secured appropriately.
  • The U.S. Government recommends that all children who have outgrown child restraints should be properly restrained in booster seats until they are at least 12 years old or until he/she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly.
  • Set the example -- always buckle up yourself!

The Right Restraint for Your Child

IF YOUR CHILD IS. . . THE RIGHT RESTRAINT IS. . .
Up to 1 year old
(and up to 20-22 pounds)
Rear-facing Infant-only, Convertible or 3-in-1 seat
Ages 1-3
(and 20 to 40 pounds) 
Rear-facing car seat until the top height and weight limit allowed by the manufacturer is exceeded.
Next: Forward-facing Car Seat w/ Harness.
Ages 4-7
(or until 4'9" tall)
Forward-facing car seat until the top height and weight limit allowed by the manufacturer is exceeded.
Next: Booster Seat w/ Lap & Shoulder Belts.
Age 8-12
(or at least over 4'9")
Booster Seat with lap and shoulder belts until the top height and weight limit allowed by the manufacturer is exceeded.
Next: Standard Lap/Shoulder Belt

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Photo of a child safety seatBig Kids Need Boosters

The U.S. Government recommends that from 40 to about 80 pounds and about 4'9" tall, children should always be seated in a belt-positioning booster. A booster seat lifts children so adult lap/shoulder seat belts are "positioned" correctly and safely. Plus, booster seats offer children better visibility and comfort.

Avis Cares and Child Passenger Safety Quick Facts

  • Many states are strengthening their child restraint laws. The toughest is New Jersey, which now requires children 7 years and younger and less than 80 pounds to be in a child restraint.

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that less than 10 percent of all children who should be using boosters are properly restrained.

  • Avis Managers have been trained to properly install our Evenflo seats using LATCH.

  • All Avis locations stock foam levelers to help ensure that seats are installed securely.   All parents and caregivers of young children are encouraged to take special precautions when traveling in a rental car or in any vehicle..

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