With Baby Safety Month here and Child Passenger Safety Week quickly approaching (Sept. 14-20), Sarah Tilton, Britax Child Passenger Safety Advocacy Manager, wants to make sure parents are well informed of the best ways to keep children safe on the road.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for kids ages one through 12 years old. In addition, three out of four kids are not as properly secured in a vehicle because their car seats are not correctly installed. Child Passenger Safety Week aims to educate caregivers on ways to improve these scary statistics, and ultimately save lives.
For safer family travels, Sarah recommends the following child passenger safety tips:
- Select a car seat that fits your baby and your vehicle. Make sure that you can use it correctly each and every time.
- Be sure your car seat fits your growing child. Seated shoulder height is often overlooked.
- Vehicles can become very hot, especially in the warm summer months. Never leave your child in a vehicle unattended.
- Belt-Positioning Boosters are for big kids. Don’t transition out of a 5-point harness prematurely.
- Britax recommends that the use of a child seat be discontinued if it has been in a moderate to severe crash. Never purchase a used car seat if you don’t know its history.
- When using LATCH, be aware that your vehicle’s lower anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds (car seat and child’s combined weight).
- A snug harness strap should not allow any slack. If you’re able to pinch the strap, the harness is too loose.
- For children 12 years of age and under, remember – the backseat is always the safest. Be sure to check your child seat and vehicle user guides for available seating positions.
- Did you know that your car seat has an expiration date? Double check the manufacturer’s tag to be sure your seat is still safe.
- Always refer to your child restraint user guide or call your car seat’s customer service about installation and proper use questions you might have.
o If you still feel unsure about your car seat installation, please have a certified technician check your installation.
o To find a car seat check-up event or certified technician near you, visit: http://bit.ly/1jVgCBO
Sarah Tilton will share additional tips and answer questions during the upcoming Twitter Party on Monday, Sept. 15. Join the #SafeBaby conversation by following along at 7pm PST/10pm EST. There are great prizes sponsored by Britax. Follow @Britax for the Twitter Party to tweet and chat with Sarah.
Disclaimer: Britax is a paid sponsor for the Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) Campaign 2014. The opinions expressed by Sarah Tilton, Britax, and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of PAM or any employee thereof. PAM is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by Sarah Tilton and Britax. Always consult with your medical provider regarding any personal health questions or decisions (including nutrition, diet, and exercise).
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