I don't talk about it too much, but I am one of those people that is very particular about car seats. Evan who is 2 1/2 almost 3 is still rear facing in his seat. Jayden was rear facing till over 3 years old and now at 7 is still in a 5 point harness seat. I want to know that my children are well protected to the best of my ability. I know I can't protect them from everything, but I can do my best to limit harm. I have friends and family that think I am crazy. I always hear the we didn't have car seats as kids and we are just fine. But really the world has changed. There are way more cars on the road, way faster speeds, and I don't like to chance it. Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of car seats on the road are installed incorrectly? Here are some easy tips to think about before hitting the road.
· The safest place to install a car seat is typically in the center of the rear seat.
· The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
· Check in with a local Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure your child’s seat is installed correctly. You can visit a local police station, fire station, AAA office or Safe Kids Chapter for guidance.
Where is Baby?
· It may seem like common sense but never, leave a child alone in the car. Hyperthermia is a severe form of heat stroke and last year 30 children died after being left or trapped in a hot vehicle. You can learn more about this issue and easy tips to prevent it in the video below.
Safeguard the Car
· Just as important as safe guarding your home, don’t forget about the car. Especially on long road trips. It’s important to eliminate projectiles, anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile. That could be a child’s toy, wet nap container, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.
· Make sure unused shoulder belts are not in reach of children as they can pose strangulation risk.
Car Seats Expire
· Car seats expire. Especially if you get a hand-me-down car seat you should always check the expiration date to confirm the seat is safe for your child. You can find the expiration date on the back or the side of the car seat. Also, another very important tip - once a car seat has been in a crash you should not use it, plastic can warp and materials can fray. To properly dispose of a car seat check with your local waste management facility to see if they recycle number 5 plastic.
I can't tell you how many times I have talked to people that were shocked about the car seat expiring. It is scary when people don't know. Living in Arizona it gets so hot here and car seats along with many other items can severely deteriorate. Please be safe this summer and keep your kids safe while you enjoy your summer outings.
Thanks to Safety 1st for sharing these tips and video.
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