Car accidents are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Also, thousands of children are injured in these automobile accidents. Many times these deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. This week is Child Passenger Safety Week so it is a good time to be reminded of the recommended guidelines for your child’s car seat.
To prevent injuries in car accidents, SaferCar.gov provide these recommendations:
Birth – 12 Months: A child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. Convertible and 3-in-1 car 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.
1 – 3 Years: It is still recommended that your child’s seat remains rear-facing as long as possible. However, it is more difficult to do so as the child ages. Once he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
4 – 7 Years: Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat. However, it is important that they child remains in the back seat.
8 – 12 Years: Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember that your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there.
Following these recommendations could prevent your son or daughter from being injured in a car accident.
Have your child ride safely because of those who don’t drive safely.
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