According to the Centers for Disease Control, car accidents are the leading cause of death of children under 12. There were 675 child fatalities, and over 115,000 injuries for children 12 years old and under in the United States in 2016. In 2017, for cases where the use of a restraint was known, 35% of those 12 and younger who died in a crash were not buckled up.
These are tragic and unfortunate numbers, especially considering that, many of these fatalities could have been avoided had different actions been taken. Those actions could be as simple as buckling a seat belt, or making sure you are using a car safety seat in the proper way, so that it gives the most protection possible to a child.
The Importance of Using Safety Seats Properly
It is extremely important that children are properly restrained in an appropriate safety seat every single time they get in the car. Knowing which seat is the right one, and how to use it properly, is not always easy, however. Here are some tips on picking and using a safety seat for your child.
- Read the Manufacturer’s Recommendations: When you are looking at child safety seats at the store or online, look at the height and weight recommendations. They will give a minimum and maximum height as well as a minimum and maximum weight for the seat. As a general rule, it is wise to keep your child in the seat that provides the most protection for as long as possible. However, if your child gets to be too tall or too heavy for the seat that they are in, their safety may be compromised,and it is time for a different seat.
- Check Your Vehicle Owner’s Manual for Installation: Your car or truck’s owner’s manual gives the location and proper use of anchor points and how to lock seat belts. A child safety seat can be safely installed using anchors and tether OR a seat belt, but each vehicle is different. Make sure that you know exactly how to safely install the child safety seat in your specific vehicle.
- Your Children Should Always Sit in the Back Seat: Even after your child is too big for a booster seat, he or she is still safest in the back seat. At least until the age of 12, it is a good idea to have your child ride in the back. They should sit in a booster seat until they are big enough for the seat belt to sit across the thighs and chest without the booster. Even then, however, your child is still safer in the back seat.
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