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Kids Car Seat Safety

Kids Car Seat Safety

We all need to make sure kids are safe in our cars. A recent study shows that 73% of car seats are not used properly which means that our kids are exposed to being injured more easily. The risk of deaths among kids could be reduced by 71% if we just install the right seat, the right way, in the right place in the car. Car accidents are the leading reason in death among children of ages 3 to 14 in the U.S.A. Babies and children need to ride in a car seat since they are born until they are 8 years old in most cases. This actually means that parents wind up buying four different seats per child until the child is old enough to safely ride sitting in a seat with only a seat belt.

There are car seat safety rules and 73% of us either break them or are unaware of them. Both the car and the car seat have detailed instruction manuals on how to install these. Let’s be honest, who reads those? Car seats have height and weight limits but we don’t always follow them. Babies should be kept in rear-facing seats for as long as they need to. Once toddlers, we can have them face forward, and later grow old enough to be sitting without a car seat just with a seat belt. Once the car seat is purchased, you have to be stay updated on any recalls. Car seats have recalls and we may not have noticed.

These are some important tips for car seats to make sure you feel better at having the right one:

Right Seat

Check the label on your car seat to make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age, weight, and height.  double check the label on your car seat to make sure it is still safe as car seats actually have expiration dates.

Right Place

Make sure your kids always ride in the back seat until they reach age 13.

Right Direction

You want to keep your child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible (which typically it is until age 2). When he/she outgrows the seat, move your child to a forward-facing car seat. Make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower anchors.

Inch Test

Once your car seat is installed, give it a good shake just to see how much it moves. If you can move it more than an inch side to side or front to back then it needs to be adjusted more properly until it doesn’t move that much.

Pinch Test

Always check the car seat manual and make sure the harness is tightly buckled and coming from the correct slots. Now, with the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing, you’re good to go.

There are actually five types of seats on the market which are convertible car seats, infant car seats, all-in-one car seats, toddler booster seats, and booster seats.



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