Having a child is a huge responsibility. Keeping them safe in and of itself is a fulltime job. This week I want to focus on and help educate about Child Passenger Safety. When I heard that car crashes were the leading case of death in children 1 to 13 years old I was shocked. This is such a preventable death. With the proper education and support we can join together to help stop these deaths from occurring.
Child Passenger Safety Week
Car Seat Safety Tips:
- Find a car seat that fits your child. As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure the car seat you purchase is designed to fit your child’s current size and age and allows some room growth.
- Not all car seats fit in all vehicles so test the car seat you plan to buy to make sure it fits well in your vehicle.
- Before putting your child in a car seat, read the manufacturer’s instructions so you know how your car seat works and how to install it.
- All-in-One car seats offer you the advantage of using the same seat for the following positions: rear-facing, forward-facing with harness, then booster. These seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time, which physicians and safety experts strongly recommend.
Remember, the best car seat is the one that fits your child properly, is easy to use, fits in your vehicle correctly, and which you’ll use every time…
- The information here can help you choose the right seat for your child. Keep in mind that:
- Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.
- Children ages 1-3 should be kept rear-facing as long as they fit the car seat.
- Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.
- Be certain you’ve installed your car seat correctly by having it checked at an inspection station or by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Bring the car seat instructions AND the vehicle owner’s manual with you to a seat check appointment!
For more information about which car seat is the best fit for your child’s age and size visit: SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat
Always remember safety as a parent is the #1 priority. Even if your kids fight and fuss never move the car until everyone is buckled up!