Evenflo Strollers And Car Seats
Safety Tips For Infant And Child Car Seats
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Car Seat Safety
Children are one of the most precious gifts we give each other and protecting them against death and injury is one of our greatest missions as parents and caregivers. It is for this reason that most people agree that car seats are a necessity and most people are generally good about using them.
Unfortunately, its a sad fact that many people do not realize the important rules and considerations that go along with car seat safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) routinely conducts surveys and studies to evaluate and research the safest policies and regulations for child restraint seats and publishes regular reports for consumers to utilize. The Maxi Cosi infant and car seats rank extremely well. More information can be found at MaxiCosiRodiXR.com
According to the NHTSA, the leading cause of death among children between the ages of 3 and 14 years old is car accidents. As reported by the administration, 23% of the children fatally injured in car accidents in the year 2008 were not restrained and for children were injured, but not fatally, the percentage was even higher: 46%.
The reality is that research indicates that the proper use of child safety seats can reduce the cases of fatal injury by as much as 71% for infants under a year old and by 54% for toddlers between the ages of 1 year and 4 years old. The bottom line is that there is absolutely no question about the effectiveness of car seats when it comes to reducing the risk of serious injury and death for children in the event of a collision.
That said, in order to maximize the risk reduction for children involved in a car accident, it is imperative that the safety seat be properly installed into the car and that the child be correctly restrained into it. Many upon many children are injured every year due to not being properly restrained or because their seats were not properly installed into the car.
The first step is to read the instructions in the manual that comes with your car seat. Different models must be installed at different angles to maximize their safety potential. For example, many of the bucket-style newborn infant carriers have an indicator on the side that allows you to make sure that the seat is at the correct angle. The maxi cosi mico is designed with these features included, along with many more safety features.
One of the advantages to the bases that are available for many seats is that once the base is installed the seat is always at the correct angle, just by being latched into place in the base. LATCH systems are an excellent way of keeping the seat firmly secure in place but again, only if they are properly installed. Be sure to carefully follow instructions for your latch system and have your car seat installation inspected by a professional. That service is free and available at most hospitals and fire stations.
Finally, it is imperative that your child be in a seat designed for their height and weight. The safest place for a child under 13 years old to be is in the back seat. Furthermore, the longer they are kept rear-facing, the safer they will be.
Car seats designed to keep a child rear-facing up to 4 years of age and at weights in excess of 30 lbs. are available on the market today and are possibly one of the soundest investments consumers can make towards the safety of their children.
Never, ever transition a child to a booster seat if the seat does not raise them to the proper height for the shoulder strap to comfortably rest over their collar bone and across their chest. Be sure they are in an actual booster seat and not a pillow, book or other device that only raises their height but does not address the issue of stability.
Original article published on PubArticles.com
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