What is the Right Car Seat in the Event of a Car Accident?
The number 1 cause of deaths in all children is car accidents. Some of these car accident deaths could be avoided if the child was in a proper car seat. This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week so let’s address a few safety tips to prevent another child dying in a car accident.
- For the best possible protection, keep infants in a back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible–up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. Never turn a child forward-facing before age 1 and at least 20 pounds, although keeping kids rear-facing until at least age 2 is safer and preferred if the seat allows.
- When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in a back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular harnessed seat. Many newer seats exceed the old 40 pound weight limit.
- Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats, they should ride in booster seats, in a back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt rests on the shoulder or collar bone (usually when the child is between 8 and 12 years old, approximately 4’9″ tall and 80 to 100 pounds).
Remembering these tips could prevent a child from being seriously injured or even killed in a car accident. For more information about proper car seats, visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
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