We are all willing to take extreme measures to protect our children from danger. Choosing the right car or booster seat for your child is no different. We’ve all heard that seat belts save lives, yet, when it comes to children, many do not realize that in order to keep our children safe, they must be properly restrained in a car or booster seat until they reach a certain weight or height. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it!
Did you know according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015, 35 percent of children under 13, who were not restrained in car, booster seats, or seat belts were killed in car crashes? However, 59 percent of children who were buckled in car seats were incorrectly buckled. Just being in a car seat is simply not enough. Children must be properly buckled to reduce injury in a collision.
So how do I know if my child should be forward-facing or rear-facing? Is my child big enough to fit into a booster seat? When it comes to car or booster seats, it is not a one-size-fits-all device. Out of the four car seat types, there are many car seat options available on the market. You will want to make sure your car seat fits your child’s current size and age, and you always want to make sure that the car seat properly fits into your vehicle. This process may seem quite overwhelming at first but when it comes to the safety of your child, trust me, it’s all worth it.
According to NHTSA, once you have chosen and installed a car seat, or need assistance with installing or using one, you can get help at a car seat inspection station. Certified technicians will inspect your car seat free of charge!
There are many ways you can protect your children from harm. Choosing and correctly using the right car seat every time your child is in the car is one of them. Visit NHTSA’s page on the process of finding the right car seat for your child.
Learn more about the importance of booster seats at http://www.boosterseats4safety.org/
Source: California DMV