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Childrens Car Seats Safety Rating

Jul 24, 2008
When it comes to childrens car seats, its good to hear that many parents put a great deal of effort into their car seat buying decision, since it will be one of the things that will have the most direct affect on their child. Yet, in 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that, according to a multi-year study, misuse occurred in 79.5 percent of the child safety seats inspected. The study states that although it was accidental, many people jeopardized the very person they were trying so hard to protect by messing up the application of the safety restraints. In trying to make their child comfortable, many people leave the harness straps and safety belt attachments looser than they should be. Sadly, it is these mistakes that are the most common that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls 'critical,' as they hold some of the greatest amounts of potential danger to the baby.

Correct positioning is essential, as is making sure you have the right safety seat for the baby's age and weight. Many parents put their child in rear-facing car seats, but this should only be done if the child is less than one year old and smaller than twenty pounds. Infant seats are good for parents who want to make sure their newborn is snug and secure, yet also want the freedom to carry the seat many places with ease. As with all child safety restraints, infant car seats should always be placed in the back seat and only in the rear-facing position.

Instead of an infant-only seat, many parents choose convertible seats which they can use as the child grows. Unlike infant-only car seats, these types of seats are typically difficult to navigate because they need to be heavier so that the baby can grow into them. Convertibles should also be placed in the rear-facing position for infants under 20 pounds and younger than a year. You can go ahead and place any child that is 20-40 pounds in a front-facing position. It doesn't matter which seat you choose for the child; what does matter is that you use it correctly. You will find it easier to do so if you read all the important parts of your vehicle owner guide and the instruction that came with your safety seat.

Every parent should know how to use whichever seat they pick. You have two important guides to help you do this: your vehicle owner guide book and your safety seat manufacturer's guide. Not only does the child's car seat have to be buckled correctly, but the baby has to be buckled into the seat correctly as well. The slot position and a firm fit are important for the harness straps in particular. If strapping the harness into a slot position in a convertible, the appropriate slots are above or at the shoulder; if using an infant car seat, the appropriate place is below. Harness clips should hold the untwisted straps around armpit level - for exact placement double check the guide that came with the seat.

Also consult your owner's guide as you strap in the seat belt, making sure it goes through the right path, and tilt the seat back by 45 degrees. A rolled towel under the base helps secure the seat into position. Tighten the seat belt, as needed, to ensure the restraint is secured to your vehicle. Every car that has a LATCH system has special requirements, and those mean that the parent should read their owner guides, to both their car and their car seat, to make sure their seat is installed correctly. Many people purchase used seats; they should check the age and condition of their seat. Don't use a seat that is more than five years old or does not come with the manufacturer's instructions. Also make sure it comes complete with all parts and comes accident-free.
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