Would you believe us if we told you that car crashes are the number one killer of children aged 1-12 in the US? Sometimes accidents are unavoidable, but you can do the best you can to protect your children by driving attentively and properly placing them in their carseat.
Step 1: Find the proper car seat for your child.
Types of car seats:
Lies across upper thighs and is snug across shoulder and chest
Should not rest on the stomach, across the neck or under the arm
Step 2: Install the car seat
Ways to install car seats varies depending on the type of seat you use. Check safercar.gov for guidelines and instructions on how to properly install your child’s seat.
Step 3: Check your installation
Have someone else double check to see if you have properly installed the car seat and to ensure that you haven’t missed anything. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a list of places that will inspect your seat for free.
Step 4: Secure your child
Your child’s car seat may either have a 5 point harness or a 3 point harness. Again, please check safercar.gov for information on how to properly buckle seat belts and harnesses. Correct harness and belt placement is imperative in keeping your child safe.
A properly installed car seat will be your child’s only protection against unexpected impact. You should also always keep your car running in good condition to minimize damage in a crash. Call Sallas Auto Repair for all your car care needs.