Child Safety Seats Basic Primer

Car accidents are the number one cause of death and injuries in US-born children. You can go a long way in protecting your child from injury by selecting a child safety seat that protects baby and by using the child car seat properly. It is up to you as parents to keep your baby safe and the choice and style of infant safety seat is part of what it takes to keep the baby from suffering from an automobile-related injury.

Each State Has Its Own Car Safety Seat Laws And They Are Mandatory In Every State

The important aspect of this, however, is that the parent must be able to put the safety seat in correctly and use it with the child in a correct fashion. Car seat choices depend on the model and make of the car and some just don’t work in certain cars. The sad fact is that, in eighty percent of situations, the parent uses the car seat incorrectly and unknowingly puts their child in danger.





If an airbag is in the front seat, you cannot place your child in it until he or she is 12 years of age and car safety seats cannot be used at all in the front seat. The car seat should be in the back seat of the car and the child should face the rear of the car until the child is a year of age and reaches at least 20 pounds. It is acceptable to tip the seat back up to a 45 degree angle if the baby is very small and then increase the angle of incline as the baby ages and grows.

Booster Seat That Does Not Have Harnesses But Is Fit With The Seat Belt

The harness straps on the car seat must fit snugly around the infant’s shoulders and must not twist as this will be uncomfortable for the baby. At around 3 or 4 years of age, the child can fit into a booster seat that does not have harnesses but is fit with the seat belt. The seat belt needs to fit over the shoulder and across the chest of the child so that it doesn’t fit across the abdomen, which contains vital organs that can be damaged. You also need to remember to buckle only one child per seat belt and not double up the number of children using the same seat belt.

Child And Infant Car Seats Usually Involve A Five Point Restraint System For Maximum Safety

If a car seat comes with a base, connect the carrier to the base properly. There exists a system in some newer cars that does not require the use of a seat belt to fashion the car seat to it. Use this system if it fits with your car seat. Always read the instructions in the manual before using a car safety seat on your child. Some infant car seats have specialized foam flaps that allow your child to sleep comfortably and safely when in the car.

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