Child Car Seat Safety Tips
Last night I was talking to one of my Sacramento chiropractic patients who gave birth to twins naturally one month ago! I asked her if she had taken the opportunity to get her infants’ car seats inspected for proper installation. Thankfully, she had. She is very smart to have done this. As it turns out, she had two car seats, same model, same brand, one was a 2009 version and one was a 2010 version, and the installation was different on each them! Why is this important? Here’s a little backgound on the subject, car accidents, better referred to as motor vehicle collisions, are the leading cause of preventable death in children. Child restraint systems (CRS), i.e. car seats and booster seats can likewise reduce the risk of serious injury or death to children. Astonishingly, studies show that 89% of parents do not know how to properly use them. (That ought to say something about manufacturer instructions!) Now, let’s make some sense out of this madness and keep kids safe! Here are a few tips for parents:
- Find A Child Child Seat Inspection Station and have a certified inspector check your child’s seat and teach you how to use it properly. Seat Check is another site to locate an inpection station and it also has relevant traffic laws for each state related to children’s car seats.
- Check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Four Steps for Kids program to determine which type of car seat your child should be using.
- Here is a list of child car seat defects and recalls
- Not sure of which car seat to buy? Here’s a Child Car Seat Ease of Use Ratings page
- Remember to use car seats and airbags safely as improper use can cause serious injury or death to children
Finally, it is wise to make sure that you have the car seat in a safe car! I will follow-up in a future post with some tips for buying a safe car.
All the best,
Dr. Jeri Anderson, Sacramento Chiropractor