Best Infant Car Seats of 2021
CR's test results reveal top-rated seats that are safe and easy to install
Rear-facing-only infant car seats are the first type that most parents use when transporting their new infants. It’s important to choose a good seat for that very first ride, when the baby is most vulnerable. A careful approach to seat selection can set the example for subsequent purchases as your child grows.
There are many factors to consider when buying a car seat. To make things easy, parents and caregivers can check our infant seat test results on more than 30 models before buying. While all child seats must meet federal requirements, our ratings are designed to provide information on those that provide a greater margin of safety.
“Based on almost 2,000 individual car seat installations and over 100 crash tests, these infant seat ratings represent a comprehensive and rigorous program that allows us to make distinctions between the car seat models and clear recommendations,” says Michael Bloch, child seat project leader at Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center. “Further, they show the importance of buying based on test results rather than brand name or marketing slogan.”