This week is Child Passenger Safety Week. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the goal of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21) is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing their children (ages 0-12) in the best car restraint for their age and size. It’s a sobering fact that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old.
In honor of this week I’m sharing tips from Julie Vallese (a consumer safety expert for Safety 1st) and Safety 1st is offering readers their choice of 1 of 3 car seats featured below.
Importance of Rear-Facing
In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat recommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two, or until they reach the maximum height and weight requirements allowed by their car seat.
According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.
According to the NHTSA, 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Every car and car seat has different requirements for the safest installation, so before you get started it is important to read both the car seat and car manual.
Placement of Car Seat
Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat. If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base. When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side.
Car Seat Check
New parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend a car seat check before the baby is born. Additionally when you have a new vehicle or new seat it’s a good time to get your installation checked. Look for free car seat checks near you. However, don’t just rely on the experts. You’re likely going to be taking the car seat out and installing it somewhere else at some point, so make sure you’re comfortable with the process of installation.
Car Seat Expiration
Never use used or old car seats. Car seats do have an expiration date because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats less safe to use. Car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change, so an older seat may not meet those standards. Another issue is that important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.
Safety 1st Car Seat Giveaway
In honor of Child Passenger Safety Week Safety 1st has offered to give away 1 of 3 of its newest seats to readers!
Choice of Car Seats includes:
The Elite 80 works in rear-facing mode for babies up to 40 pounds, then converts to forward-facing with harness, but features an extended weight range to keep children safely in harness all the way to 80 pounds. In its 3rd mode, the Elite 80 goes beyond the traditional convertible seat to convert into a belt-positioning booster car seat for children up to 100 pounds. Additionally Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of our Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX foam designed with hexagonal shapes for 100% full body production.
This convertible car seat was inspired by race car drivers. Air Protect+ combines Safety 1st Air Protect® Technology with GCell HX – hexagonal rebounding foam used in the body of the car seat to protect the child from the multiple hits that occur in crashes. Coupled with this is the placement of Air Protect® Technology which takes crash forces away from a child’s head. This technology was developed in partnership with racecar engineers at Bald Spot Sports and INDY Car Driver Scott Dixon to better understand the energy dynamics a high performance driver faces in the event of a crash.
Safety 1st BoostAPak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat.
The BoostAPak is designed to help keep kids in boosters longer, as it’s often hard to get an older child to stay in his or her booster seat. This booster seat also doubles as a backpack! For children 4 to 7 years old, booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to seat belts alone. (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). Additionally, the AAP recommends children ride in boosters until the age of 12 or 57 inches; but only 13% of children 54-56 inches tall ride on one (NHTSA)
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I was in no way paid or perked for this giveaway. Car seat safety is important, so please check your car seats this week. Safety 1st and Centsible Life are in no way liable for proper use and installation of car seats. The information provided should be used at your own discretion.