How to Pick a Volvo Car Seat

Follow local and national guidelines to find the best car seat for your Volvo—and be sure to read your owner’s manual before installing the seat.
Written by Jason Tushinski
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
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Picking the right car seat for your Volvo is a vital decision for drivers of these Swedish automobiles. Each new Volvo is legally required to come with ISOFIX/LATCH anchors to safely attach car seats. Still, consult your owner’s manual and follow all official safety guidelines to keep your child safe while on the road.
Deciding on a car seat is a great way to sap the joy out of the early stages of parenthood—dealing with recall numbers, safety ratings, convenience factors, aesthetics, and comparing price points can be a major pain. Above all, you just want to ensure your child has the best protection!
That’s why the
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How to choose a car seat for a Volvo

For kids up to 12 years old, the
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)
sets regulations for car seats. The type of car seat your child requires depends on their age, height, and weight.
As a rule of thumb, the NHTSA recommends using a rear-facing car seat for your child for as long as possible—ideally until at least 3 years of age or when they outgrow the manufacturer’s height and weight restrictions. Use a front-facing car seat for kids ages 4 to 7 and a booster seat for kids until they are 12 years old or taller than four feet and nine inches. 
If you still aren’t sure what type of car seat your child needs, check out the table below:
Category
Age groups
Features
Types
Rear-facing
0-12 months and up to three years
Protects your child’s spinal cord and neck during accidents
Infant car seat, convertible seat (for 12+ months), or all-in-one seat (for 12+ months)
Forward-facing
For kids ages 4 to 7 OR over manufacturer’s weight and height restrictions for rear-facing car seats
Uses a harness and tether to arrest as much forward movement as possible during crashes
Convertible seat, all-in-one seat, or combination seat
Booster seat
Ages 7 to 12 years old OR exceeding manufacturer’s weight and height limits for front-facing seats
Raises the child so the vehicle’s seat belt fits properly
Combination seat, all-in-one seat, high back booster seat (for cars without headrests), or backless booster seat (for cars with headrests)

The best car seats for Volvo owners

The right car seat for you and your little one will depend on a bunch of factors, but the following are some of the top-rated car seats for Volvo drivers. Before you buy a car seat, remember to check your rear seats’ dimensions!
Check out the NHTSA’s
Car Seat Finder
to review ease-of-use ratings regarding specific car seats in your child’s category. If you're in the market for a booster seat, check out the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS)
booster ratings
to find the best and most protective option.
MORE: How to get a toddler or baby to stay in a car seat

Installing a car seat in a Volvo

Whichever car seat or booster seat you buy, you’ll need to install it properly to ensure the maximum amount of protection. 
Each Volvo comes with pre-installed attachment points that meet international ISOFIX standards. ISOFIX is also known by the acronym “LATCH” (“Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children”) and has been mandatory on all new cars in the U.S. since 2002.
You can find
detailed instructions
on the NHTSA’s website about how to properly install different types of car seats, but you’ll find that most car seats can be installed by following these steps:
  • First, read the car seat installation instructions for both the car seat and your vehicle
  • Attach the car seat or base with either the seat belt or the LATCH lower anchors
  • If the seat moves more than an inch, tighten it more to better secure it
  • Buckle your kid in tightly (but not too tight)
According to experts, it is best to install a car seat behind the front passenger seat for maximum protection. The outer seats have a few advantages over attaching a car seat to the middle seat:
  • Usually, it is the outer seats that have the ISOFIX/LATCH attachments—installing a car seat in the rear middle seat (without those attachments) can hinder safety
  • While you drive, it is easier to keep an eye on your child if they are in the rear passenger seat
  • A car seat on the passenger seat allows you to avoid traffic while taking your child in and out of the car
No matter the urge, rear-facing child seats are not designed to be fastened to the front passenger seat. This will put your child in more danger.
MORE: How to install a car seat
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The best family Volvos for car seats

Since 2002, all Volvos come with ISOFIX/LATCH anchors—but that doesn’t mean all Volvos are equal when it comes to hauling the kidlets around. So, without further ado, here are the best Volvos for parents with young children.

Volvo XC90

Starting price: $51,995
NHTSA safety rating: 5 stars
IIHS safety rating: Good (2022 Top Safety Pick)
IIHS LATCH ease of use: Acceptable
Rated an IIHS top safety pick, the
Volvo XC90
is a spacious, seven-seater SUV featuring a boatload of driver-assist technology and an easy-to-use LATCH system to make installing a car seat a snap. The XC90 comes with three available powertrains, including a hybrid option that boasts 400 horsepower.

Volvo S60

Starting price: $40,295
NHTSA safety rating: 5 stars
IIHS safety rating: Good (2022 Top Safety Pick)
IIHS LATCH ease of use: Acceptable
A roomy rear seat passenger area makes the
Volvo S60
sedan an ideal way to chauffeur the kids around—and it's an IIHS top safety pick, to boot. Lots of standard driver-assist technology comes standard with the S60, so you’ll be comforted knowing you're driving the kids around in one of the safest upscale sedans on the market.

Volvo XC40

Starting price: $36,195
NHTSA safety rating: 5 stars
IIHS safety rating: Good (2022 Top Safety Pick)
IIHS LATCH ease of use: Acceptable
A smaller, sophisticated SUV, the
Volvo XC40
is still a great choice for families with young children. The XC40 comes standard with Volvo’s impressive suite of driver-assist technology and boasts a smooth ride quality that won’t disturb the kids sleeping in rear car seats.
MORE: How to clean baby car seats

Car seat laws by state

Want to make sure your Volvo car seat complies with your state’s laws? Jerry’s got you covered. Check out the table below and click your state’s name for more detailed regulations.
State
Minimum requirements for adult seat belt
Maximum base fine
6+ years
$25
7+ years OR 57 inches or 65+ pounds
$50
5+ years AND 57+ inches
$50
6+ years OR 60+ pounds
$100
8+ years OR 57+ inches
$100
8+ years
$81
8+ years AND 60+ pounds
$50
8+ years OR 66+ pounds
$25
6+ years
$60
57+ inches
$50
4+ years AND 57 inches or 40+ pounds
$100
7+ years
$79
8+ years OR 40+ pounds where only a lap belt is available
$75
8+ years
$25
6+ years
$25
8+ years OR 80+ pounds OR 57+ inches
$60
57+ inches
$50 for children restraint, $30 for booster seat
9+ years OR above manufacturer’s height and weight restrictions
$100
57+ inches OR 80+ pounds
$50
8+ years OR 57+ inches
$50
8+ years OR 57+ inches
$25
8+ years OR 57+ inches
$10
8+ years AND 57+ inches
$25
65+ pounds OR 57+ inches
$25
8+ years OR 80+ pounds OR 57+ inches
$50 if child is under 80 pounds or 57 inches; $10 for others
6+ years
$100
8+ years
$25
6+ years
$500
7+ years OR 57+ inches
$50
8+ years or 57+ inches
$75
7+ years
$25
8+ years
$100
8+ years OR 40-80 pounds in seats without shoulder belts
$25
8+ years OR 57+ inches
$25
8+ years
$75
8+ years OR 57+ inches
$50
8+ years OR 57+ inches
$115
8+ years
$75
8+ years OR 80+ pounds OR 57+ inches
$85
South Carolina
8+ years OR 57+ inches *only if* belt fits correctly
$150
5+ years OR 40+ pounds
$25
9+ years or 57+ inches
$50
8+ years
$25 (minimum)
8+ years OR 57+ inches
$25
8+ years AND 20+ pounds
$25
8+ years
$50
57+ inches OR 4+ years where only a lap belt is available
$124
8+ years OR 57+ inches
$20
8+ years OR 80+ pounds and 57+ inches
$75
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FAQs

Each new Volvo model in the U.S. comes preinstalled with ISOFIX/LATCH attachment anchors. They are easier to locate and use in some models than others. Check out the
IIHS child seat anchor ratings
to see how easily accessible the LATCH anchors are in your car.
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