The Holidays are here and so is the traveling that comes along with it. Lets keep our kids safe while driving this Holiday season.
In April of 2017 my job decided to send me to a week long car seat technician training so that I could have the right tools to teach a car seat class to our pregnant mothers. Little did I know that this training would open my eyes to all the things I did wrong during my daughters 6 years of life….YIKES!!
As moms we always try to do what’s best for our children, so then why is it that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 72% of nearly 3500 observed car seats and boosters seats were misused in a way that could be expected to increase a child’s risk of injury during a crash (NHTSA, 2006). That’s almost 4 out of 5 car seats installed incorrectly. That is a HUGE number of improperly installed car seats!
After gaining so much knowledge about car seats….and I mean so much knowledge, I felt a responsibility to my community to educate families in hopes that our children would ride safer. Wouldn’t you after learning that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages 1-13.
One Question to ask yourself as a parent, When was the last time you checked to make sure your child’s car seat was installed correctly, not expired or simply outgrown? Here are a 5 things recommended by safe kids worldwide you can do right now to keep your children safer in your vehicle.
- Right Seat- Check the Label on your car seat to make sure it appropriate for your child’s age, weight and height. like all food products, your child’s car seat also has an expiration date. Just double check the label on your car seat to make sure its still safe.
- Right Place– your child is a VIP, just ask them. We know all VIP’s ride in the back seat, so keep all children in the back seat until they are 13. If you absolutely need your child in the front seat then at least make sure to turn off the airbag.
- Right Direction- Keep your child in a rear facing car seat until at least age 2 (California Law). When your child outgrows the seat, move the child to a forward facing car seat and make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower attachments (LATCH).
- Inch Test- once your car seat is installed give it a good shake at the belt path. Can you move it more than one inch side-to-side or front-to-back? A properly installed seat will not move more than one inch.
- Pinch Test – Make sure the harness is tightly buckeled and coming from the correct slots (check your manual). Now, with the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your childs shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing you’re good to go.
Please remember as parents we take the time to disinfect the handles of a grocery cart, but fail to check the proper installation of car seats in our vehicles. Do the right thing and keep your child safe. If you would like to find a local technician in your area to check your car seats click Here. Happy Holidays and Safe Travels!
Car Seats, What are they good for? Absolutely….Everything! (Part 2)….coming soon.
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