Children : Install it properly

Installation basics

Every year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in crashes, mainly because 3 out of every 4 children in child safety seats are not properly secured.

Installation videos
How to install a car seat or booster
USAA installation guide

What is LATCH?

Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) is an installation system that makes it easier to properly install a child seat.

LATCH information and videos
Quick answers and pictures

Coloring books for kids

Teach children about seat belts safety with this fun activity book.

Buckle-up Bug's activity book

Get help from the experts

If you're not sure if your car seat is installed correctly, have it inspected. Find a certified CPS technician or visit an inspection station and a certfied technician will inspect your child safety seat and show you how to correctly install and use it. Alternatively, you can call 1-877-330-BUCKL for personal assistance.

Inspection station locator
Certified CPS technician search

Get certified

Get certified and start teaching parents and caregivers how to use child restraint systems and safety belts. Tens of thousands of individuals have been certified since the standardized curriculum and certification program began.

National CPS certification
CPS training dates
Annual CPS Technician Update
Montana techs/instructors map

Preventing airbag injuries

Airbags can save lives, but they're not made for children.

What you should know
Children & airbags

In a crash, air bags inflate quickly. Because the back of a rear-facing child seat sits very close to the dashboard, the seat could be struck with enough force to cause serious, or even fatal injuries to a baby. Even older children are at risk from a deploying air bag if they are not properly restrained.

Under 13 in the back

The safest place for children of all ages is in the back. Place all children under 13 in the rear seat. If you have an air bag on-off switch, check its position every time you enter your vehicle—48% of these switches are incorrectly left on for child passengers under age 13.