When it comes to safety, there is no way to be too prepared. Keeping kids safe in your car is something that all moms and dads should keep a top priority. When life gets hectic, it’s very easy to forget the simple, but vital basics of safe traveling with your kids on board.
Car crashes are the number one cause of death amongst children aged one through 12. Some of these tragedies could have been prevented with the proper use and installation of child safety seats. Research shows that using a child safety seat correctly in your car greatly reduces fatal injuries for your little ones.
Just taking a few minutes to make sure your child safety seats are properly installed can in fact, save your child’s life. It’s hard to know where to start, but here are some helpful tips from MetLife Auto & Home to keep your mind at ease and your children safer in the car.
1. Take a good hard look at car seats. Check out the criteria and make sure your seat is age appropriate. Check out the NHTSA’s Child Safety Car Seat Recommendations.
2. Ask for professional help. A lot of the local police and fire departments, as well as most maternity hospitals, have a qualified child-seat inspector. This is one way to ensure your child safety seat is installed correctly.e. You can find an inspector here.
3. Schedule regular checkups for your child’s car seat. Every year you should have a check-up to make sure your child hasn’t outgrown the seat that they are in, and especially that the seat they are using hasn’t been included in a recall.
4. Understand the purpose of “LATCH” . By law, new child-seats and vehicles made in 2003 and beyond are equipped with Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, also known asLATCH . it is meant to is simplify child-seat installation, but it isn’t a cure-all because LATCH-equipped vehicles and seats aren’t always compatible with each other.
5. Don’t over tighten your child seat-belts, some might think the tighter the better but this is actually not the case. Experts suggest against tightening seat-belts around child seats because when the belt is too tight it can’t stretch as needed in a car crash.
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