It's a Mom Thing Reviews & More!: Child Passenger Safety Week: September 14- September 20!

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Child Passenger Safety Week: September 14- September 20!


Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and thirteen in the USA? This rate could be reduced by half if the correct child safety seats were always used. We have teamed up with The Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to encourage parents and caregivers to determine if your car seat is safe and to provide you with some important information about safety seats! You can visit the website HERE to check if your child is in the right seat! Keep reading for more info!
If safety seats are used properly they dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury to children. However research shows that three out of every four car seats are not used correctly. Some ways that car seats can be used incorrectly is a child being in a wrong car seat for their age, height, and weight or the car seat is installed improperly. In 2012 over one third of children killed in car crashes were either not in car seats or wearing seat belts.

During Child Passenger Safety Week there will be more than 600 events in 45 states across the country where certified child passenger safety technicians will inspect car seats and show caregivers how to correctly install and use a car seat. (Most of these services are free of charge.) Visit the website HERE to find an event near you!

Some car seat safety tips!
  1. Find a car seat that fits your child! Different car seats have different age, weight, and height limits, be sure to read them before purchasing a car seat.
  2. Read the manufacturer's instructions before installing your child's car seat that you are sure of how it works!
  3. Your child under the age of one should ALWAYS be rear-facing! Also consider extended rear facing until as long as possible with your car seat's height and weight limits. Children are 75% safer rear facing than forward facing.
  4. Car seats have expiration dates! This expiration date is due to safety standards changing over time and because the plastic of the car seat can deteriorate over time.
  5. The chest clip should be at arm pit level and straps should not be loose.
  6. You should only install your car seat using the seat belt of the anchor, not both. Check your car seat manual to see what is recommended for your specific brand and type.
  7. Try to keep your child in a car seat with a five point harness as long as possible. Once the height and weight limits of your car seat are met children can be transitioned into a high back booster seat. 
  8. Children should not be out of a booster seat until they are 4'9. Children should ride in the back seat at least until they are at the age of 12.

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