When it comes to child safety, it is better to be safe than sorry. Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week (September 18-24) is dedicated to all things related to child passenger safety and highlights the importance of ensuring that all children are properly secured in an appropriate car seat or seatbelt.
Start with car seat safety
There are dozens of options for child car seats. Your selection should be influenced by your child’s age, weight and height.
Take a look at these car seat safety tips:
1. Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Read the owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system.
3. Check height and weight limits.
4. To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
5. Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.
Everyday car safety for your little ones
According to Kids and Cars, each year many children are left alone in vehicles. The potentially tragic consequences of this carelessness are staggering – kidnappings, heat stroke, accidentally setting the car in motion, injury from power accessories, getting trapped in the trunk and even fatal crashes have all occurred when a child was left alone in a vehicle. Accidents can even happen in your own garage or driveway.