Car seat safety often seems pretty simple, but the United States Department of Transportation reports that over 70% of car seats are used incorrectly. Children are some of the most common car accident victims, and unsafe car seats contribute to many injuries. In this post, we outline some of the basics of car seat safety:
Car Seat Safety for Kids of Different Ages
Rear-Facing Car Seats
- Rear-facing car seats should be used for newborn babies until they are 1-2 years old.
Front-Facing Car Seats
- Children from 1-7 years old should be placed in front-facing car seats until they outgrow them.
- Children can move out of car seats and into booster seats starting as early as 4 years old. They should remain the booster seat until they can fit properly into a normal seat belt.
Regular Seat Belts
- Children can begin using normal seat belts as soon as they are big enough to fit into them. This means that the lap belt fits tightly across their legs and the chest strap fits tightly across their shoulder. Young children should always ride in the back seat, no matter how big they are or what kind of seat they use.
Car Seat Safety Tips
You may be wondering how you can improve your kids’ car seat safety. Here are some tips:
- Make sure the car seat is installed correctly and tightly.
- Obey weight and height limits for different car seats and booster seats.
- Buckle your child snugly.
- Some winter coats can cause children to slip out of safety restraints. Make sure your children remove bulky clothing before getting in their car seat.
If you or your child are injured in a car accident, contact the accident attorneys at Hansen Injury Law. We will dedicate our time and energy to getting you the compensation you deserve, and will strive to make the process as easy as possible for you.