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Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer

Question

My child is overweight. How do I find a car seat that will fit him?

Answer

Parents of obese and overweight children often worry about how they can safely transport their children in car safety seats. Appropriate restraint use for tall and/or heavy children can be a challenge.

Never use a car safety seat if your child weighs more than the seat's weight limit or is taller than the height limit. Luckily, car safety seat manufacturers increasingly are making car safety seats that fit larger children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages car safety seat manufacturers to continue developing seats that fit children to higher weights and heights and supports regulatory changes necessary to achieve this goal.