Child Safety: How to Use Child Safety Seats Correctly

Every parent, placing his child in a vehicle, should always take into consideration the necessity of safety seats for children and the importance of selecting the right kinds of safety seats. It is crucial to be aware of the times your child should be moved from a rear-facing car seat position to a forward-facing car seat or booster seat. It can literally save your child’s life in case of a car accident.

In celebration of child safety week, the team at Chicco have put together an infographic that in no uncertain terms explains the age and height suggestion for securing your child.

Newborn to Age 2

According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, babies are at greater risk of injury in crashes. This is because babies’ spines are developing and their heads are large for their bodies. Hence, a child should ride rear-facing in a child safety seat. The baby’s head, neck and spine are cradled by the back of the child safety seat in the case of a frontal crash, which is the most common type of crash.

The following video presents some important child safety seat tips for your baby:

Toddler

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children 2 years or older, or those who have outgrown the weight or height limits for their rear-facing safety seat be restrained in the back seat of the car, in a forward-facing safety seat with harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of the safety seat.

The following video explains the importance of car safety seats. It also describes some safety seat tips for your baby.

4- to 6-year-old Child

When your child reaches the highest weight or height limit allowed for his forward-facing child safety seat with a harness, he should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle lap and shoulder belt (adult seat belt) fits properly, typically when he reaches 4 feet 9 inches in height and is between 8 and 12 years old.

The following video explains why and how you should position your child in a booster seat:

Seat Belts for Older Children

If your child reaches the height when the vehicle seat belt fits correctly you can let your child ride without a booster.

Watch the following video to check if your child is ready for a seat belt alone:

Please, always follow the safety precautions. Stay safe and keep your children safe!


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