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Did you know Sept. 14-20 is Child Passenger Safety Week, with September 20th being National Seat Check Saturday?  Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old, and often times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of child restraints and seat belts.

Car Seat Safety Tips
By the experts at Safety 1st

Importance of Rear Facing

In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat recommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two.  According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

Location

Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat.  If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base.  When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.

Car Seat Expiration

Car seats do have an expiration date, it is recommended that car seats be replaced every 5-8 years, or immediately after a crash.  The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats not as effective in the event of a crash.  Additionally car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change over time.  Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

Safeguard the Car

Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles.  Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the goal of Child Passenger Safety week is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing children (ages 0-12) in the best car restraint (rear-facing, forward-facing, booster, seat belt) for age and size. You can go and  get your car seat checked this week.  Readers can click here to find a car seat check near them.

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Child Passenger Safety Week – Win a Safety 1st Car Seat *Giveaway ends Oct. 2nd*

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33 comments

  1. I have not. We really should though. I think it would give me peace of mind knowing that my daughters seat is as safe as it can be. Also, with another on the way (I am due in December) making sure his car seat is securely installed is really important as well.

  2. my kids’ car seats were inspected. We could not even get a newborn released from the hospital without verifying that it would be transported safely in an inspected carseat

  3. I have had my car seat inspected! I sooo need another infant car seat for baby number 2! 🙂

  4. I did when we first got it, but i haven’t since and really need to. I think i’m going to at the latest this weekend!

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