With more than 27,000 car accidents occurring on US highways every single day, protecting your little ones while traveling on the roads is imperative.
While being a safe driver that keeps their eyes on the road and focus on what’s going on around them is simple for most, sometimes it isn’t as easy when there are kids playing around in the back, a screaming baby or a toddler amidst a tantrum.
Despite these minor setbacks, it is easy to get behind the wheel of a vehicle with confidence that your children will arrive as safely at their destination as they left the house.
It’s the law -children must ride in a car seat or a booster seat while traveling inside of a vehicle. The laws regulating the length of time a car seat or a booster seat must be used varies from one state to the next. SafeKids offers a free state –by-state tracker to learn more about the laws for car seat use in your state. Correctly using a car seat can reduce the risk of injury to your child by as much as 70%. It is estimated that approximately 74% of all parents aren’t using their seats correctly.
Infant Car Seat Safety
Rear-facing car seats are used for infants 12 months of age and younger. These seats are portable so you can easily transport baby without disturbing his rest. There are weight and height restrictions in place on infant car seats. Be sure to check these limitations for the specific car seat model that you purchase.
Forward-Facing Car Seats
Once your child reaches 24 months of age, the use of a forward-facing car seat is recommended. The forward-facing car seat provides your now rambunctious little one with more sights to see as you explore the town while also offering additional safety measures, including a five-point harness and tether.
These safety features prevent your child from moving forward in the event of a crash. Weight limits are in place for forward-facing seats. The weight limits vary from one make and model of the seat to the next, but typically go up to a weight of about 65 pounds. Once your child surpasses this weight limit, the use of a booster seat is recommended.
The booster seat is the final seat that your child needs for safety protection. The booster seat is used by children from 8 to 12 years of age who do not meet the height/weight requirements. Children must ride inside of a booster seat until they’re 4’9’. Several different types of booster seats are available for your child.