Car Seat Safety Facts and Resources

Below are some quick facts when it comes to your child and their safety in your vehicle:

• Remember your child should always ride in the back seat, they are safer there.

• Correctly used car seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%.

• 73% of car seats are not used correctly.

• Children in booster seats and in the back seat are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash vs. those in just a seat belt.

• If your child out grows one of the car seats’ manufactured height and weight limits but they are not ready to transition to a different style car seat look for the same style car seat that has larger manufacture height and weight limits.

• Rear facing car seats are the safest place for your child as they protect their head, neck, and spine. Keep them there as long as possible according to manufacturing limits.

• Always use the instructions to install your car seat.

 

For more information visit:

O Think First 318-226-0066; http://www.thinkfirstlouisiana.org

O http://www.safercar.gov/parents/RightFit.htm

O http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=88231

O http://csftl.org/

O http://www.nhtsa.gov/

O http://www.safekids.org/safetytips

O http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Seat Options

There are so many different car seats to choose from; Infant, booster, convertible, high back booster, backless booster, and the list goes on. With all of these options, how do you know when to move your child to a different seat, and which one do you buy? Several things should be considered when choosing the right car seat for your child. The first thing to do is get your child’s age, height, and weight. Then compare that information to the manufactures height and weight limit that is stamped on the car seat.  You can keep your child in a particular car seat until they meet the max height and weight limits on the manufacture guidelines.

By visiting: http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm, you can find a location near you that will help make sure that you have the proper car seat for your child and that it is installed properly.

If you would like a quick reference about; choosing the correct car seat for your child, instructions on how to install, and safety videos, download an App created by the American Academy of Pediatrics called “Car Seat Check”.

Is Your Child Safe in Your Vehicle?

73% of car seats are not used correctly! Do you think your child is safe in your vehicle? ThinkFirst can help you, September 14-20 is National Child Passenger Safety Week so we will be discussing some helpful hints for keeping your kids safe.

Don’t miss a good opportunity to get your child’s car seat checked on September 20, 2014 for National Car Seat Check Saturday.

You can find a location near you by visiting: http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm

Come back between now and September 20, 2014 for more information on how to keep your child safe.