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This week is Child Passenger Safety Week and Saturday (9/21) is Seat Check Saturday.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the goal of Child Passenger Safety week is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing their children (ages 0-12) in the best car restraint (rear-facing, forward-facing, booster, seat belt) for their age and size.

It is so important to be educated on what the best ways to secure your children are. Although there are many schools of thought it is important to keep the guidelines in place to keep our little ones safe on the road.

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Julie Vallese, Consumer Safety Expert for Safety 1st talks about car seat safety. The proper use of car seats can help limit risk in the event of a crash, but statistics show that 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Check in and make sure your child is riding safe with these helpful tips.

Below are some car seat safety tips From Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert.

 

Importance of Rear Facing

In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat recommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two, or until they reach the maximum height and weight requirements allowed by their car seat. According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

 Installation

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly.  Every car and car seat has different requirements for the safest installation so before you get started it is important to read both the car seat and car manual. 

 Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat.  If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base.  When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.

 New parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend a car seat check before the baby is born.  However, don’t just rely on the experts. You’re likely going to be taking the car seat out and installing it somewhere else at some point, so make sure you’re comfortable with the process too.  

 

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Car Seat Expiration

 Never use used or old car seats.  Car seats do have an expiration date and it is to understand the risks associated with using an expired or old car seat.  The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats less safe to use.  Car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change.  A car seat deemed safe more than six years ago may no longer meet federal testing regulations.  Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

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  Our little ones count on us to be safe on the road. Always remember to use the right car seat for them, check for expiration dates and most important stay up to date with the latest studies in keeping our little ones safe on the road!

Thanks to Safety 1st for all this valuable information!

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    November 21, 2013 at 6:50 am
  • Reply courtney

    Prior to having my daughter I never knew about car seats having an expiration date!

    October 10, 2013 at 3:37 am
  • Reply Caitlin

    This is a wonderful resource! Thank you for sharing. It is SO important to make sure your child is safe in the car!

    September 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Teri Sanders

    I didn’t know that its recommended for children to be rear facing until they are two! Also, crazy that 75% of car seats are installed improperly. Thank you for the information, learned something new today. 🙂

    September 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Stephanie O

    Wow, 75% of seats are placed wrong. When we put our seat in January we will have it checked to make sure it is in correctly. Also check dates to make sure they haven’t expired!

    September 24, 2013 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Randy Fulgham

    nice post-thanks for the details…

    September 24, 2013 at 2:16 am
  • Reply Sherry Compton

    Wonderful post about keeping car seat safety fresh in people’s minds. It is so important and often can be misleading. I like that organizations now host days where they will check your car seat to make sure it is installed properly.

    September 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply Ashleigh Swerdfeger

    These tips are [email protected] The video is very important to watch. These tips are crucial considering the number of infants injured in car accidents.

    September 23, 2013 at 10:33 pm
  • Reply Angelina M

    This is a great post. Something to really think about!

    September 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    So grateful for this information. A lot of my friends practice poor car seat safety 🙁 I’ll have to share.

    September 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm
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    September 23, 2013 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Jennie Sherman

    Thanks for creating this great resource! I’ll pass it on to expectant parents who don’t know!

    September 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Helga

    I did not know this was child passenger safety week. Thank you for these tips, I will share them.

    September 22, 2013 at 2:43 am
  • Reply Nicole Sharp

    I’m so Glad that more people are speaking out about carseat safety. To see parents doing extended rear facing (keeping their kids safest) is awesome!

    September 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Kimberlie

    Great reminder to check expiration dates of car seats… just checked my 7 year old’s booster and it expires at the end of the year. Time to shop for a new one!

    September 21, 2013 at 1:57 am
  • Reply Kailey

    Wow, I had no idea that children were supposed to stay rear facing for so long. Or that there was an actual expiration date. Thank you for sharing this information.

    September 20, 2013 at 11:57 pm
  • Reply Laura Eckard

    I didn’t know that 75% of all car seats are installed incorrectly! Its a crazy number. I thank God that I had mine properly installed but I really hope that people go out and get the free installation at their local police/fire department! Thanks

    September 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply jennie sanderson @jenpsht

    Thanks for the post! I was really hesitant to move my son to forward facing.. but I did it. He is 32lbs, not quite two, sometimes I wish I hadn’t but he likes it better.

    September 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm
  • Reply Liesal

    This is great info! I can’t believe how many people don’t know this!

    September 20, 2013 at 2:57 am
  • Reply Emily

    Keep in mind, the recommendation ‘until they are 2’, which seems to indicate babies should be turned forward facing at 2. Instead it’s that they should be turned around at 2 at the EARLIEST. If your seat does not accommodate your 2 year old rear-facing, The best thing to do is to get a convertible that WILL. These days, there are seats as cheap as $40 that rear-face to 30lbs, which should hold every baby at least until 2. The studies recommend waiting until at least 4 before forward facing if you can manage it, since their head to body ratio begins to be more proportional at that time, and they are less likely to suffer internal decapitation (a severe whiplash that breaks their backbone.) And don’t forget the big kids! Harness at least until 4-6, booster until 4’9-4’11”.

    September 20, 2013 at 2:13 am
  • Reply ANN*H

    I am a grandma and great grandma so I am always interested in info about car seats for the kids . I want to make sure they have the correct car seat and the safest one. One thing I did not know is that car seat have expiration dates on them. thanks for the info

    September 20, 2013 at 12:42 am
  • Reply Gale McCarron

    Lots of good information here, especially being sure the carseat is properly installed along with rear facing until the age of 2. Most people don’t seem to know that. Thank you for the review and safety tips.

    September 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Laura B

    Great tips for car seat safety! I’m just looking in to everything now with baby #1 due in December. I’m glad there is awareness about all this!

    September 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm
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