Wednesday, March 10, 2010
There is no single best car seat or infant car seat base for every child or infant. It can be very confusing to decide what type of car seat to buy, or which features are important. Specific recommendations are a great starting point, but these vary greatly because someone else's personal preferences may differ from the others, as will the fit with their particular children and vehicles. One of the most important things is to determine which type of car seat you need, and be prepared to do some comparative shopping. Many new vehicles and car seats are equipped with Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). This is a relatively new system that may be used instead of seatbelts for car seat installation. In most vehicles, rigid LATCH is extremely fast, easy and may offer additional protection, especially in dangerous side impacts. Don't be discouraged if you have to try more than one to get a model that works for you and your child!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, once the children outgrow their booster seats (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall), they can use the adult seat belts in the back seat, if they fit properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).
Data show that in 2007, child-restraints saved the lives of 382 children ages 4 and younger. Safety seats and Infant car seat bases reduce the risk of death in car crashes by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers ages one to four. For children ages 4 to 7, booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to safety belts alone. Children ages 12 and younger should always be buckled up and seated in the rear seat of vehicles Infants in rear-facing car seats should never ride in the front seat of vehicles with airbags.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, once the children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and weigh more than 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats. Again, the booster seat shall be placed in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when the children are 4’9” tall).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, once the children outgrow their rear-facing seats (for child less than age 1 year and weight less or equal 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats. The safety seat shall be placed in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and more than 40 pounds).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the best possible protection, always keep the infants in the back seat whenever on the road. Infants shall be placed in rear-facing infant car seat bases. Guidelines on the usage of the infant car seat bases provided by manufacturer shall be followed closely such as the height or weight limit of their particular seat. It is advisable that infants below 1 year old and weight less than 20 pounds should always be kept in a rear-facing infant car seat bases.
While some crashes are deadly, over 57% of deaths for children 0-15 were because the child was unrestrained and many more were improperly restrained. Nationally, the misuse rate for child safety seats is over 80% and as high as 95% in some areas. The good news is that correct use of car seats and boosters does save lives. Infant car seat bases have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71% and toddler seats by 54%.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2008, about 4 children ages 14 or younger were killed in motor vehicle crashes every day, and many more were injured. But parents and caregivers can make a lifesaving difference. Whenever on the road, make sure the child passengers are buckled into appropriate safety seat or infant car seat base. The safest place for children of any age to ride is properly restrained in the back seat.