Car Seat Safety

June 17, 2013 Tips & Advice

The most dangerous thing we do every day is drive a car. Over 1,200 children die and over 200,000 are injured every year in the U.S. in motor vehicle crashes. Many of these tragedies can be prevented. Simple steps can go a long way.

Selection: Choose a seat that fits your child correctly. Most car seats start at 5 lbs or birth. Some state 4 lbs. If you are experiencing a high risk pregnancy and there is a chance of early labor, be sure to select a seat for lower birth weight.

Size of Vehicle Matters: Vehicle Manufacturers design cars with the buyer in mind, not a child. Be sure to try the seat out in your vehicle before purchasing the product. Will there be enough room for the front seat passengers to sit back away from the air bags with a rear facing seat? Will it install properly?

Money Matters: In today’s economy, parents have to look for ways to save money. Purchasing an all in one seat may be an option for you. This type of seat can generally accommodate a growing child all the way until the fit in the adult seat belt.

Ask the Expert: You call a specialist for just about everything, why not call one to help you keep your child safer in a crash? No matter the level of education, income, race or religion of a person, parents are unknowingly installing the car seat wrong. In Alabama, the rate is around 95% incorrect. Be sure your child’s seat is installed correctly. It could mean a matter of life or death.

Rear Facing Longer = Safer: Experts agree the longer you keep a child rear facing the safer they are in all types of collisions; frontal, rear and side impact. Babies and toddlers are fragile and their spinal cords are not fully developed until they are older. In the rear facing position, the car seat supports and protects the head, neck and spinal cord. You can look to the country of Sweden to see the dramatic difference in fatality and injury rates of children. There are virtually none in motor vehicle crashes. They keep children rear facing up to 4 and 5 years old.

Buckle Up Correctly, Every Ride: We never know when a car crash will occur. NEVER take a baby out of their car seat while a car is moving. If they are crying or need feeding, pull over in a safe place and tend to the baby.

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