While most parents understand the importance of a child safety seat, many are unaware of these stats (provided by SeatCheck):
- Motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of kids
- 7 out of 10 kids in child safety seats are not properly buckled in
With these stats in mind, you may begin to wonder if you have been doing things the right way in terms of the child safety seat you are using as well as how your child is buckled in.
Here are several tips that can help you avoid future disaster:
1. Most safety experts recommend that children ride in a rearward-facing seat until they are two years of age or until they reach the height/weight limit of their particular seat.
2. Never place a child safety seat in the front seat. This is dangerous for a variety of reasons, including the force of the air bags in the event of an accident.
3. Old child safety seats should never be used unless you are 100 percent certain it meets the safety standards of today.
Note: visit this link to see if your child safety seat has ever been recalled. If it has, it is time to purchase a new model.
Get your Seat Checked
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a “child car seat inspection station locator” on its website. If you are concerned about the safety of your car seat or whether or not it has been properly installed, use this tool to locate an inspection station in your local area. It only takes a few minutes to ensure that everything is in order.
While nobody intends to be involved in a motor vehicle accident, you never know when this could happen. If your child is in the car, you want him or her to be as safe as possible.
These child safety seat tips should help you better understand what you should and should not be doing.