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Car Seat Safety: Fast Facts You Need to Know

Published 19 August 16 02:40 PM

Whether it’s to the grocery store or daycare, many parents know what it feels like to bolt out of the house, child in tow. When you finally make it to the car, shoes tied and snacks packed, you quickly strap your little one into their car seat and drive away. But is your kid properly and safely strapped in?

Pennsylvania recently issued an important car seat law update, pictured below. When it’s time for you as a healthcare professional to share this news with your patients, it’s critical to know your facts since child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury in infants and children by up to 71%.

 

Car Seat Safety Installation

·         Ensure the car seat base is securely tightened and has no wiggle room.

·         Angle it as directed by the manufacturer to prevent your child’s head from dangerously flopping forward.

·         Make sure there is adequate spacing between the front seat and the car seat.

·         Check the harness straps that they slip through the height-appropriate harness slots (this should be at shoulder or below level for rear facing and at or above the shoulder for forward facing car seats).

·         The harness clips should be level with the kid’s armpits.

·         There should be no slack. You shouldn’t be able to pinch the harness.

As your child grows, it is equally vital to get them the appropriate car seat for their age, weight, and height.

·         Rear Facing Child Seat (Ages 0 – 2, less than 30 pounds)

·         Rear Facing or Forward Facing Child Safety Seat (Ages 2 – 4, up to 40 pounds)

·         Booster Seat (Ages 4 – 8, less than 57 inches tall)

·         Vehicles Seat Belt (Ages 8 – 17, more than 57 inches tall)

Busy parents spend loads of time in the car with their children. Take the extra time to ensure your child is restrained properly and it will truly mean the difference between life and death. 

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