Car Seat Safety
By contactus@imilfordpediatrics.com
July 14, 2015
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Car Seat Safety

July 14th, 2015

 

Choosing the right car seat for your child can be a difficult task, we understand! Our goal is to make your life easier and provide you with reliable resources to help choose the right car seat for your child.

Find the Right Car Seat for YOUR Child

Your child’s age, height and weight will be important when choosing the appropriate car seat for your child. Once you have their most recent height and weight use http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/crs/index.htm to help determine the correct seat for your child. Check out the different types of car seats below:

Types of Car Seats

  • Rear-Facing Car Seat
    • From Birth – 12 Months your child should ALWAYS ride in a rear- facing car seat
    • Rear-facing car seats should be used as long as possible. They are the best way to keep your child safe. Use this car-seat until your child exceeds the top height and weight limits for the car seat

 

  • Forward-Facing Car Seat
    • Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat your child will need to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness
    • Keep your child in this seat until they outgrow the top height and weight limits

 

  • Booster Seat
    • Your child should only start traveling in a booster seat when they are big enough to fit in a seat belt properly
    • While in the booster seat the lap belt should fit snug over the upper thighs, NOT on the stomach
    • The shoulder belt should fit snug across the shoulder and chest, NOT on the neck or face
    • The booster seat should still be in the back seat

 

  • Seat Belt
    • Your child should only start using a seat belt when they have out grown their booster seat and fit snugly in the seatbelt
    • Your child should still ride in the back seat, this is still the safest place for them

 

Install the Car Seat Correctly

It is essential for your child’s safety that the car seat is installed properly. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

  • The car seat should not move more than one inch from side-side and front- back
  • Stop by the local fire department or police station they will check to make sure the seat is installed properly
  • Make sure you strap your child in correctly too, again refer to the manufacturers instruction

 

Register Your Car Seat

Registering your car seat online is important to make sure that you are notified of any safety recalls. You can also sign up to receive booster seat recall emails at In addition to registering your car seat, sign up to receive e-mail alerts about car seat and booster seat recalls at: http://wwwodi.nhtsa.dot.gov/subscriptions/index.cfm

 

Want to learn more about car safety? Check out this site:

http://www.safercar.gov/parents/index.htm

 

Remember, we are always here to help!

Healthy kids = Happy Kids!

Source: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Safety.htm

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