September is National Car Seat Safety Month, so it’s the perfect time to address this important topic. No cargo is more precious than your children, so it’s vital that you know how to keep them as safe as possible when they’re in the car. Proper use of the child seat is of top priority, as it is designed to protect your child in the event of an accident. The more properly it is used, the higher likelihood it has of doing its job.
Rear Face as Long as Possible
Rear facing is the best direction for a car seat. Rear facing is 5 times safer than forward facing and can be done up to 2 to 3 years old. This protects the legs better, avoids broken glass from the windshield, and, though the back seat is better, if they have to be in the front it prevents the airbag from impacting the child.
The Back, Center Seat is Safest
The center seat in the back is nearly 50% safer than the side seats. Since rear facing is safer than forward facing, if you have more than one child and one of those children is too old to rear face, put them in the center and your rear facing child on the side to maximize everyone’s chances of coming out of an accident unharmed.
Safety Harnesses Should be Snug and Properly Placed
Safety harnesses and belts should be tight on the body. They should also be placed properly. For your standard car seat, the harness should be up on the infant or toddler’s sternum, just below the collar bone. Make sure that it’s not up on the neck or down on the belly. For a standard seat belt for older children, the belt should go across the shoulder and onto the chest. If it’s on the neck, your child ought to be sitting in a booster seat.
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