Child Car Seat Safety

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Two institutions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have come up with new child safety guidelines in order to minimize the risk of injury to children.  These revised guidelines recommend that parents keep children under the age of two in rear-facing seats.  It is also recommended that children under 13 years old are safest in the back seat, away from air bags.  Children should only transfer to the standard seats when have attained the correct height and weight.

The most suitable car seat for parents to use is the one that fits both their car and children.   There are two types of car safety systems for children available in the market: the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) and the seatbelt system.

Always review your manufacturer’s manual on child seat installation, call your car manufacturer, or visit a dealership to consult the experts.

Children need to be secured in a car at all times.  It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the safety of their passengers.  Child car seats ensure that children will have increased protection in the event of a motor vehicle accident. 

In order to ensure the seat has been installed properly, always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Research indicates that properly fitting and correctly installed car seats are effective tools in preventing injuries and deaths in motor vehicles.  A car seat gives insurance that your child is being provided with the best safety and defense against injury while in a car.