According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, placing your child in a car seat reduces injury for infants by 71 percent and 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars.
With car accidents being the No. 1 cause of death in children, it’s critical to ensure that your child is in the correct car seat.
Find The Right Car Seat:
Rear-Facing Car Seat (Birth – Age 3)
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, this is the best seat for a young child to use. It has a harness and, in a crash, cradles and moves with the child’s neck and spinal cord.
Forward-Facing Car Seat (Age 1-7)
This car seat has a harness and tether that limits a child’s forward movement during a car accident.
Booster Seat (Age 4 – 12)
This car seat helps position the seat belt so that it fits properly over the stronger parts of a child.
Before installing your car seat, read car seat’s instruction manual and your vehicle’s owner manual on car seat installation. Every car seat should be installed using either the lower anchors or the seat belt to secure it in place. Because every car seat and vehicle is different, it’s important to follow all instructions carefully.
Place the car seat in the back seat of your car.
Once you’ve installed the car seat it should not move side-to-side or front-to-back more than an inch when pulled at the belt path.