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Choosing to place your children in a car seat is not only the law, but it’s the safe thing to do. However, even the most responsible parents can admit that they made their fair share of mistakes along the way.
When it comes to the safety of children riding in a car, good intentions are not enough. Here are some of the most crucial things to keep in mind about your child’s car seat safety.
Almost all new parents make an error (or two, or three…) when attempting to install their new child car seat into their vehicle. A scary fact is that about 80 percent of car seats are not installed properly.
Although the car seat instruction manual does provide some good instructions on how to install it, the best way to install the seat properly is to do some thorough research. I know, it may sound a little much, but the safety of your child is your number one priority.
You might also be able to find child passenger safety technicians in your area. These certified technicians provide expert guidance on how to properly install a child seat, as well as other helpful tips.
Rear-Facing Car Seats
Children from newborns up to 2 years old must ride in a rear-facing car seat. This is due to the large amount of weight carried in the head and the lack of muscle strength within their neck during those years. If a child of that age is forward-facing during a crash, their neck is not strong enough to hold their head during impact.
Forward-Facing Car Seats
When is the right time to turn your child’s car seat to face forward? This is a question that parents often have a tough time answering. Many experts recommend that children only have to be rear-facing until the age of two, at which time parents could choose to turn them around if they wish.
However, new studies + experts have come forward saying that it is in the best interest of the child to remain seated facing the rear until they are past the weight + height limit of the car seat. It is in the best interest of your child to research the data to keep up with the latest recommendations for car seat safety.
Understandably, parents tend to be a little worried about all aspects of a car seat. Often the introduction of a car seat is new for all parties involved + therefore the proper precautions must be taken. Simply adhere to the list above to lay out a strong foundation of safety for all children riding in vehicles.