Is Your Child's Safety Seat Safe?

| 10/20/2014 10:25:00 AM

Ella is an active, happy, playful almost 2-year-old, and she knows when it’s time to go to the grocery store, playground or church, she’ll be securely fastened into her car seat before her mom puts the car in gear. Ella has responsible caregivers who provide her with a safety-approved car seat that is properly installed.

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Proper Installation

According to the National Safety Council, vehicle crashes remain the No. 1 killer of children ages 3 to 14 in the United States. Child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts are the best protection. Placing children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half. But most car seats are being used incorrectly in some way, putting children at risk.

ella 2The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says three out of four parents are not properly using child restraints. Often installation is incorrect or the wrong type of seat is being used for the child's height, weight or age. Some car seats like the Britax Boulevard Convertible Car Seat G4 are made for infants (rear facing) 5 to 40 pounds, older children (forward facing) 20 to 70 pounds and up to 46 inches, making selection easier.

To improve the correct installation and use of child safety seats, education, certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, and laws and enforcement are being used to help protect children if they are involved in an accident.