Safety on the Road – Car Seat 101

Today is the first day of summer, and many families will be traveling in cars.
Did you know 3 out of every 4 car seats are used incorrectly?

According to safercar.gov. parents haven’t been doing enough to keep their kids safe on the road, which has resulted in vehicle crashes becoming one of the leading causes of death for children between 1 and 13 years old. For more tips on child safety, head over to safercar.gov and get the full download.

Recommended tips for using car seats:

– Read the car seat manual and your vehicle’s owners manual. Every vehicle and car seat is different, so it’s very important that you familiarize yourself with their installation and use instructions before you do anything at all.

– Place the car seat in the back seat.

– Secure it very tightly to the vehicle. It shouldn’t move side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch when pulled at the belt path.

– If you have a forward-facing seat with a top tether trap, connect it to the tether anchor and tighten. It’s imperative that you do so, as it limits head movement in a crash.

– If you have a rear-facing seat, make sure it’s installed at the correct recline angle. Most seats have angle indicators or adjustors that help you do so.

– Make sure your child is fitting correctly in the car seat after you’ve done proper installation. To do so, ensure that the harness is properly placed (lying flat, not twisted), the harness is buckled and tightened and the chest clip is at armpit level.

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A nationally known educator, with over 20 years of teaching experience (preschool- college) is President and founder of Champion Parenting, Inc., a nonprofit.
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