How a Properly Installed Car Seat Can Save Your Child’s LifeWith the USA being as large as it is, often the only way for a family to travel anywhere is with a car. It’s a normal thing to do, and barely anyone thinks that when they sit in a car that they’ll have a crash.
The FactsMany families use car seats for their children, and many use them properly. This doesn’t mean that they won’t be caught up in a crash. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, over 37,000 people die in road crashes every year in the United States. Even more troubling is the fact that despite this number being relatively low compared to the total population of the United States, there are a staggering amount of children who die because they were not buckled up correctly. The CDC says that 602 children died as a result of car crashes, and more than 121,350 were injured. Of these children, 34% of them were not buckled in, and were victims of preventable deaths.
Keep Children SafeA child shouldn’t have to fear for their life when traveling in a car, and it is up to the parents to make sure they have done everything they can do to make sure their child is safe. This isn’t a hard thing to do, either, and can be easily researched. Firstly, children need to be sat in the correct type of car seat. Seatbelts won’t have much of an effect during a crash if the child isn’t positioned correctly. Make sure to test car seats before seating your child in one, and research NHTSA safety ratings for different types of child seats.
Second, you must make sure that the child is secured properly in the car seat. This means that you must follow the manufacturer's instructions when fitting the seat within the car.
If you have any doubts, ask an expert, such as a transportation safety professional, for help with fitting the seat. You could also ask them to double-check the suitability of the car seat for the car.
When your child has grown a little, booster seats are the next and final step when transitioning from the car seat. These seats make sure your child is elevated and in the correct position for the seatbelt to work on them, and prevents them from being launched over, or slipping under the seat belt. If you do all of this, then your child should be safe in their seat and able to ride with you to your destination without fear. In the event of a crash, than their correctly installed seat should protect them.
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