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Car Seat Safety: Fast Facts You Need to Know
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
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
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,
Rear Facing Child Seat (Ages 0 – 2, less than 30
Rear Facing or Forward Facing Child Safety Seat
(Ages 2 – 4, up to 40 pounds)
Booster Seat (Ages 4 – 8, less than 57 inches
Vehicles Seat Belt (Ages 8 – 17, more than 57
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.