As we approach the holiday season many of us may find ourselves driving a lot. The roads during the holidays can get rainy, congested and hectic! It is important to make sure that all children are safe inside of a car. Car seat safety is crucial to avoid injuries and prevent death. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for kids 3-16 years of age. It is recommended that all children ride in the backseat of a car until 13 years of age.
When choosing a car seat for your child it is important that it fits your child (height and weight), fits in your car and you are able to use it correctly for every ride.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends these guidelines for car seat safety:
|Age-group||Type of Seat||General Guidelines|
|Infants and toddlers|
|All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer. Most convertible seats have limits that will allow children to ride rear facing for 2 years or more.|
|Toddlers and preschoolers|
|Children who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their convertible seat should use a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer. Many seats can accommodate children up to 65 pounds or more.|
Buckle up for Life recommends for Infant or rear-facing car seats make sure you:
When babies have thick jackets, extra padding or blankets around them it gives a false sense that the harness is on tight, but there is actually an increase in the space between the child’s back and the car seat, putting them in more danger. Be sure to always buckle your children in before driving your car. Also remember to safely remove your child from his or her car seat and take the child with you every time you exit the vehicle.
Free car set safety classes for low income families in San Diego
Check out this website for videos on car seat safety!