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I’m really about to blow your mind here! Did you know……
- Every 33 seconds a child under 12 is involved in a motor vehicle accident
- In the U.S, 663 children ages 12 and younger died as occupants in crashes during 2015, and more than 121,350 were injured!
- Of the children who have died, 35% were not buckled up or restrained properly.
- These statistics are absolutely avoidable!
Having a little girl who was born a preemie, weighing only 4 lbs 10oz, I’m inherently a bit more overprotective of her in everything. That includes making sure her car seat is properly installed because after all, we are not trying to become a statistic! Cars.com talks about how they get involved with car seat safety and here are a few of my quick tips!
#1- Have A Car Seat Friendly Vehicle
I put this one first because you don’t really want to be toting your little ones around in some fancy shmancy two seater sports car that doesn’t have the proper car seat safety. It’s just out right dangerous. Not to mention, you need to make sure that the proper anchoring is available in the vehicle. Cars.com shares an article for three car seat cars to ensure that you have enough space in your vehicle, whether it’s for infant seats, convertible car seats, or booster seats.
#2- Read Your Manuals
Car seats can be super confusing and reading both your car seat and vehicle manuals can really help you figure a few things out! This will help you with installing the car seat properly, as well as finding where all of the proper anchors in the car are at to ensure maximum safety.
#3- Follow Safety Recommendations
Most states have their own recommendations, some even laws, for the height and weight requirements for different types of car seats. Once again, check your manuals and if you need further help, DO NOT HESITATE to contact your local health department or police department for assistance. Remember, it has been proven time after time that it’s safer for children to remain rear facing as long as possible! My little girl is two and a half and as you can see in pics above, she still rides rear facing! Also, register your car seat!! This ensures that you’re able to be informed if there are any recalls!
#4- Get Inspected
Whether you think you have installed the car seat properly, you can never be too safe with car seat safety. Search here to find locations near you that do car seat checks.
The statistics above are completely avoidable. If we just take a few extra steps in car seat safety, they can be drastically reduced. Our children are our prizes and deserve the best protection! I hope you found these tips helpful, and please don’t hesitate to let me know if you need some more info!