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Definitions for common terms:
Proper use – This means the car seat is being used based on instructions for that particular car seat. These instructions include installation, use child meets the size requirements.
Federal approval – This means the car seat meets the federals standards set in FMVSS 213. Car seat manufacturers self-certify that the car seat meets federal standards by crash testing the child restraint to ensure it meets certain crash criteria.
And/Or – If the law says “and” this means the child needs to meet both (or all) criteria set in the law. “Or” means the child can meet one criteria or the other.