CAR SEAT SAFETY TIPS
Engineers are working hard to ensure that cars and car seat are designed to keep kids as safe as possible. But its up to every parent to take full advantage of these innovations by making sure car seats and booster seats are used and installed correctly. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that most precious cargo is safe in cars.
Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.
73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. Here’s a quick car seat checklist: http://www.safekids.org/other-resource/car-seat-checklist-parents-pdf
Buy a used car seat only if you know its full crash history. That means you must buy it from someone you know, not from a thrift store or over the internet. Once a car seat has been in a crash, it needs to be replaced.
We know that when adults wear setbelts, kids wear seatbelts. So be a good example and buckle up for every ride. Be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too.
Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. While it may be tempting to dash out for a quick errand, the temperature inside your car can rise 20 degrees and cause heatstroke in the time it takes for you to run in and out of the store