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Car Seat Safety Tips That Could Save Your Child's Life

Aug 15, 2008
How many of you are working as hard as you can to ensure your child's car seat safety? I would hope that most of you put this as your number one priority, and are looking all over the web and talking to fellow parents about how to increase car seat safety with the most up to date information available. The internet is a great source of information, however, how can you be sure that the information you're getting is the best available? Well, luckily you won't have to look far. With a little common sense you can come to the best conclusions yourself about the car seat safety features you'll need for your baby.

The first thing you should know about car seat safety is probably the most obvious: know how to install it properly in your car. You'd be surprised at just how many people skip this step and try to put their car seat in a car without real knowledge of how it should go in. Don't simply consult your car seat's manual; your automobile's manual should also be included in your reading. Many cars these days have systems such as the "LATCH" system to aid in installing car seats, so be up to speed on these before buying a seat.

Once you've figured out how to secure the seat into a car, make sure you know how to properly secure your child in the car seat. Many car seats have five point harnesses, which are also used by fighter pilots and race car drivers to aid in their personal safety. This isn't a ploy to make you only feel as though your child is safer. Your child really is statistically much safer in a seat with a five point harness than in one without that type of seatbelt system. This type of seatbelt protects your baby by restricting movement in all directions, not just the forward-facing direction. In a side impact, shoulder straps can save your baby's life.

Your child should also fit appropriately in a car seat. An ill-fitting car seat can contribute to injury in an automobile accident by allowing your child to move around too freely and bang his or her head into the sides of the seat. This can cause serious injury, so make sure that the seat you choose fits your child appropriately. This includes a seat that is too small or too large.

What would you say is statistically the best place to put your child in a car? If you say the rear seats, you'd be very much correct. Ensure that you're placing your child in rear seats away from any airbags. In newer cars with side airbags in the rear seats, the best place for your child is in the middle of the rear seats away from those as well. Frontal airbags are extraordinarily dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I can only hope that this has helped you figure out which car seat would best suit you and your family.
About the Author
Joe provides links to britax regent car seat products at his website. Included are links to the popular chicco car seat brand.
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