Is Your Child in the Right Seat? – Child Passenger Safety Week

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Is Your Child in the Right Seat? – Child Passenger Safety Week

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A car seat is no doubt one of the most important purchases will ever make for your child! But it isn’t just that first purchase that matters the most. As your child gets older and while they are growing, you will need to change not only the direction that the car seat faces and how they sit in it – at some point you will have to upgrade to an entirely different seat.

Don’t guess when it comes to which seat your child should be in right now. So what do you choose? Infant, convertible, or booster seat? Finding the right car seat and installing it correctly is no easy task. Then there’s the question of when to transition your child to another type of car seat. Following these steps will help you find the right car seat based on car seat type, age and size recommendations, and will show you how to install your car seat the correct way.

Can you imagine? Thinking that your child is in the right car seat, only to find out that they aren’t!

While you can customize the look and feel of a car seat, there are three basic types of car seats to choose from:

  • Rear-Facing Car Seat: It has a harness and, in a crash, cradles and moves with your child to reduce the stress to the child’s fragile neck and spinal cord. To maximize safety, keep your child in a car seat rear facing for as long as possible.
  • Forward-Facing Car Seat: Has a harness and tether that limits your child’s forward movement during a crash. To maximize safety, keep your child in a car seat for as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
  • Booster Seat:Positions the seat belt so that it fits properly over the stronger parts of a child’s body. Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly.

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Is Your Seat Installed Properly?

  • Installation Resources:If a car seat is not installed correctly, your child’s safety could be in danger. Every car seat has different installation instructions. You can find resources and tips here to help you get “the right fit” on your car seats:     http://www.safercar.gov/parents/RightFit.htm
  • Free Car Seat Checks:During Child Passenger Safety Week, there will be more than 600 events in 45 states across the country, where certified child passenger safety technicians will inspect car seats and show parents and caregivers how to correctly install and use them. In most cases, this service is free of charge.  Locate a car seat check event here:http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm

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Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. By working with the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) we hope to get out a message that will educate parents and caregivers about the importance of selecting the right seat for their child’s age and size, and to remind them that car seats, booster seats and seat belts offer the best protection for children in crashes and help save lives.

Get this message out to your friends and family!

  • Twitter – Many parents do not realize their child is in the wrong car seat. Visit Safercar.gov/TheRightSeat and make sure your child is riding safely. #therightseat.
  • Facebook – Storks know how to keep kids safe. Do you? Visit safercar.gov/therightseat to know for sure that your child is in the right seat for their age and size. #STORKS #TheRightSeat

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  1. says

    Great information. Recently we had a really bad accident on our local highway – it was terrible. The mom and dad both died because they were nto wearing seatbelts. But the baby was properly secured in her seat and she survived. So important for us all to be using our safety harnesses properly.

  2. says

    I love all these car seat tips, car seat safety is a top priority for little ones especially. Thank you for all the advice and tips I am taking them on board!

  3. says

    For starters, that info graphic is a HUGE help. Going to forward this to my sister in law who was just chatting on FB about carseats. Is it true each state has their own rules about child safety? Shouldn’t there just be a national standard?

    • Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life says

      Unfortunately states can make their own rules and it even varies by countries. Which can make it very confusing when people travel internationally.

    • Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life says

      They all have laws but they vary on age, weight and height. It can be very confusing if you don’t know where to get the right information.

  4. says

    Car seat safety is something that I’m very passionate about. I’m thankful that more attention is being brought to it, so parents can become educated about it. Thank you for this wonderful post! You can never be too careful when it comes to our kids!

  5. Amy Desrosiers says

    My seven year old is about the same size as my 4 year old. I hate it when people talk down to me or suggest she should be in a booster at her age. They forget she is a tiny peanut and needs the safety that a five point harness provide her little body.

  6. says

    This is going to help so many parents secure their children into their seats the proper way. I have always been kinda shocked when I see all of the trouble people go through trying to buy a cute carseat rather than a safe one. This is very helpful, thanks for sharing!