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CHILD CAR SEAT SAFETY

Child safety seats, in vehicles, are a very important choice to be made for your child’s safety, but it can be overwhelming task, due to the fact that the choices on the current child safety seats can cause a great deal of confusion.  Below are some guidelines that are based on the American Academy of Pediatrics, which we hope will make this important process less stressful for you and your child.

Rear-facing

A rear-facing car seat is an ideal choice for infants, and should be the first form of transportation that babies should enjoy, as they come home from the hospital.  Rear-facing car seats should be the choice for the first two years of your baby’s life, but also conform to the height and weight capacity set forth, by the manufacturer of a particular model.

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A rear-facing only model car seat is often times part of an entire stroller system.  A base remains in the vehicle, while that seat portion can be easily removed, and used to carry baby.  

It is important to note, that rear-facing car seats should never be placed in the front seat of an automobile that is equipped with an air bag. If the air bag is activated, it will hit the back of the rear-facing car seat, possibly causing serious injury, or even death to your child.

Forward-Facing

This type of car seat should be the choice for toddlers or preschool-age children.  

Things to consider when your child is driving with someone else include, but are not limited to:

  1. The car seat being used is the correct fit, for the vehicle being used.
  2. The car seat is the appropriate size to fit your child’s height and weight.
  3. The person driving the vehicle, that is transporting your child, is knowledgeable on how to install a car seat correctly and effectively.

Booster Seats

Booster seats are for children that no longer fit into the height and weight requirements of forward-facing car seats.  This is a great transitional option, as many children will not reach the height requirements, to use standard vehicle seatbelts, without the aid of a booster seat, until they have reached the age of 10.  In addition, it is advised that children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat of any vehicle.

There are currently two basic types of booster seats on the current market: backless and high-back. Both versions are used in conjunction with the standard seat belts, available in the vehicle.  Booster seats are designed to raise the child high enough, so that the seat belt will fit properly, and injury may be reduced in the event of an automobile accident.

Any time you are injured in an accident you should speak with Injury Lawyers San Antonio. Their office address is: 4907 Walzem Rd, San Antonio, TX 78218. Call ahead to schedule an appointment on 210-646-9100.

It is important to note, that the lap belt should fit snugly across the upper thighs of your child.  The shoulder belt should lie comfortably across the middle of the chest of your child.

Final Word

When flying, should age appropriate children be using a car seat, is a common question among parents.  According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), children under 40 pounds should be secured into child restraints, when they are flying.  Rear-facing and forward-facing car seats can be used on planes (as many will state on the label “certified to be used in vehicles and aircrafts”), but booster seats (as well as travel vests) are not acceptable.

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