Child Passenger Safety Quick Facts

                Car crashes are the number 1 killer of children one to twelve years of age in the United States.  Proper child passenger safety and use of car seats are vital in decreasing the number of fatalities related to car accidents.

  • Always refer to the instruction manual of the car seat and owner’s manual of vehicle for instructions on installing car seats
  • When a child is rear facing the harness straps should be at or below the shoulders
  • The retainer clip of a 5 point harness should be at armpit level on your child

  • Keep a child rear facing as long as the car seat will allow
  • When a child is forward facing the harness straps should be at or above the shoulders
  • If able, always tether a forward facing car seat
  • Keep a child in a 5 point harness as long as possible to provide the best protection
  • Check to make sure a booster seat positions the seat-belt appropriately on your child
  • When a booster seat is not in use, buckle it in with the seat belt to avoid it flying around in a crash
  • Never use a booster seat with only a lap belt
  • Refer to vehicles owner manual for installing car seats in close proximity to an air bag
  • Children under 13 years of age are not recommended to be in the front seat
  • Never add a non-regulated car seat product (examples: toys, mirrors, seat protector etc.) as it has not been crash tested
  • Make sure all items in your vehicle are secure to avoid an object flying around in a crash
  • Never leave a child unattended in or around a vehicle
  • Always check your car seat before you lock your vehicle to assure you have your child with you

Links Regarding Car Seat Safety:

Why Should I Keep My Child Rear Facing as Long as Possible?

Check Here To See if Your Car Seat is Recalled

Where’s Baby?

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