The leading cause of death for children in the US, is car crashes. The proper use of car safety seats can greatly reduce child injury during car accidents and all parents should be aware of this fact. And, the reason why many children are injured of die during car accidents is that child safety seats and restraints are not used correctly.
Without the proper and strict observance of car safety procedures by parents, many children get injured and die during car accidents. if you want to lower the risk of your 4-7 year old child during a car accident, then make sure that they sit in booster seats instead of using safety belts alone.
To best protect your children while riding the car, make them use the most age appropriate car seat safety device. You can actually have your car seat inspected in a local auto body and collision repair shop and they can give you tips for safe car seat use since they have expertise is car seat safety.
If you child is under a year, you should keep him in an age-appropriate safety seat installed in the back seat. The seat should be facing backwards. Until they outgrow the safety seat’s height and weight limits, they should be kept in this backward facing position. When they grow older to around 1 to 4 years old, they should have a car seat that is facing forward and the seat should be placed in the back-middle portion. When the children grow beyond the height and weight limits, then that is the only time when the car seats should be changed.
From 4 to 8 years old, they should sit in an approved booster seat placed in the back-middle portion. There are two belts here, one across the thigh and on across the chest. It is important to have a seat belt adjuster especially is the shoulder belt falls on the child in an awkward manner. This seat best adjuster will help the belt in a lower, more comfortable position.
Kids between 8 and 13 should sit in the back, in the middle. The best time that your child can sit in the front seat is when he reaches almost 5 feet.
Aside from these age guidelines, parents should follow general rules to make sure that their children are riding as safely as possible.
You don’t need to rush your children to the next car seat because if they are too small for it, then they will not be protected properly by it.
Car seats should be securely fastened even when the child is not riding in the car. The reason for this is that if the booster seats or car seats are unsecured, then they will go flying during an accident which can hit the driver or the passengers.
Don’t use a car seat that has already been in an accident.