Car seat safety
Do you know if you're using the right car seat for your child?
September 15-21, 2013 was national Child Passenger Safety Week, but it's never too late to have your car seat inspected for proper installation and fit! Find an inspection station near you >>
Watch and share this short video from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration that reminds us about car seat safety.
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New car seat guidelines
In the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics (published online March 21), the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new policy. The new policy advises parents to keep their child in a rear-facing car seat until age 2, or until they reach the maximum height and weight limit for their seat. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
The ABC's of car seats
A - Birth – 12 months
From birth to age one, a child should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. A convertible car seat and a 3-in-1 seats have a higher height and weight limit for the rear-facing position. This allows you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time, which is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
B - 1 – 3 years
Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. This is the best way to keep your child safe. A child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the height or weight limits allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
C - 4– 7 years
A child should ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the limits for height or weight allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer. When your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, they may use a booster seat. They must always ride in the back seat. It is the safest.
D - 8 – 12 years
Children should ride in a booster seat until they are big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit appropriately, the lap belt must lie across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie across the shoulder and chest. It should not cross their neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s the safest.
Care seat safety tips for parents
- Restrain your child every time you drive.
- Keep children rear-facing until age 2 or they meet the height or weight of the seat.
- Keep children in the back seat.
- Register your car seat.