Here are five tips to help keep your child safe in the car.
Always make sure that your children are safe inside your car. Here are five child car safety tips:
Children should always travel in the back seat of vehicles. This is, typically, the safest place to be during a crash. It is especially important for them to ride in the back seat if your vehicle has a passenger seat airbag, as they can be dangerous to children if deployed.
Face the rear
Infants, until they weigh between 20 and 22 pounds, should always ride in the back seat facing the rear of the car. Be sure to purchase a car seat that can support an even greater weight and is designed for rear-facing installation.
Check the seat
Once a car seat is installed, make sure that it won’t go anywhere once you start driving. Before placing your child in the seat, pull and shake it while closely watching the connection points. If it moves any more than an inch at the places where the seat belt or other attachments connect, then tighten it up and try again.
Children should always wear seatbelts. For infants in car seats, make sure that their harness is secured properly. The straps should all lie flat and should never cross each other. Once buckled, pinch the strap just above your child’s shoulder. If you can easily pull up some of the strap just by pinching, it should be tighter.
Check the belt
Seat belts in cars are made for adults, so it might be difficult for many children to fit into them. Usually, the minimum height and weight for those belts are 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds. If your child is too big for a booster seat but still doesn’t reach the minimums, opt for a child seat belt attachment. Never put the shoulder strap behind your child’s back or arm.
No matter how safe you are, accidents do happen. In those cases, contacting a personal injury attorney can help you handle the situation.