As a parent, you would do anything to protect your child. That’s why it’s important to make sure your child’s car seat will keep him or her safe in the event of an accident.
Here are three child car seat safety tips to help you choose the best seat possible for your little one:
#1 - Be sure to choose a car seat suitable for your child at every stage of childhood.
Babies under two years old or from five to 40 pounds (lbs) should ride in a rear-facing seat.
Once your child turns two and outgrows a rear-facing seat by weight or height, move them over to a forward-facing car seat with a harness and use the top tether.
When your little one outgrows the forward-facing seat with a harness, move him or her to a booster seat. It will raise your child so that your car’s adult lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly over your child.
#2 - Make sure the car seat is properly installed.
You can choose to use either the seat belt or lower anchors to secure your child’s car seat. Both options are safe for your child, but just use one or the other rather than both at the same time.
When your child is in a forward-facing seat, be sure to use the tether with the seat belt or lower anchors.
#3 - Make sure your child’s harness fits properly.
Your child will be the most protected when their harness fits properly. Check your child’s weight regularly and compare it to the weight restrictions on the seat to make sure it is still a good fit.
Since traffic injuries are the leading cause of preventable fatalities and injuries to children in the United States, it’s critical that your child has a properly fitting car seat at all times.
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