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Monday, January 9, 2012

Car Safety

It is frightening to see parents or temporary guardians put small children in the backseat and barely have them strapped in, much less in a properly installed car safety seat. Please observe these guidelines from heathychildren.org. Protect your loved ones!

Types of Car Safety Seats at a Glance


 Age Group Type of Seat General Guidelines
Infants/Toddlers Infant seats and rear-facing convertible seats All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Safety Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.
 Toddlers/Preschoolers Convertible seats and forward-facing seats
with harnesses
All children 2 years or older, or those younger than 2 years who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car safety seat, should use a Forward-Facing Car Safety Seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.
 School-aged children Booster seats All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
 Older children Seat belts When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use Lap and Shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection.

All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the Rear Seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

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