7 Car Safety Tips for Kids
When a trip in the car involves a little one, infant car safety is vital. Here are some car safety for kids tips to keep in mind when using a car seat:
- Use only a car safety seat designed for your child's age and size. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:
- Rear-facing car safety seats for most infants up to 2 years old
- Forward-facing seats for most children through 4 years old
- Belt-positioning booster seats for most children through 8 years old
- Lap-and-shoulder seat belts for all who have outgrown booster seats.
- All children younger than 13 years ride in the rear seats of vehicles
- Follow installation instructions exactly. An estimated 3 out of 4 child safety seats are installed incorrectly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Follow the car seat installation guide to make sure the seat is properly in place and your child is properly secured. Your local fire department may be able to help if you’re having trouble.
- Don't put a rear-facing car seat in the passenger seat. Rear-facing seats are designed for the back seat of the car only. In an accident, the force from passenger-side airbags could injure your child. As a rule, children 12 and younger should not ride in the front seat of a car equipped with passenger-side airbags.
- Know when to stop using a car seat. Your child will eventually outgrow the car seat – making them less secure because they have exceeded the seat’s weight limit.
- Secure the seat with your seat belt or LATCH system. Infant seats should be secured by either the vehicle’s seat belt system or LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether for Children) system. Found in newer model cars, the LATCH system is specifically designed to secure car seats.
- Use a 5-point harness if possible. A 5-point harness system connects above the shoulders, across the hips and between the legs, so that the force of an impact is spread across 5 points. A traditional seatbelt provides only 3 points of impact.
Follow these tips for infant car safety to help keep the little one in back seat secure. If you have questions about seat belt safety for kids, contact the car seat's manufacturer or visit www.safecar.gov.
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