Buckle Up the Little Ones

by NPHM | August 17th, 2020

Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. According to the CDC, 675 children 12 years old and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes and nearly 116,000 were injured in 2017. Of those children who died in the crash, 35 percent were not buckled up.

By making sure your child is buckled up, you are reducing the chance of serious injuries or death when on the road. Here are four top tips from Safe KIDS Worldwide about car seat safety:

  1. Buying the right car seat. Your baby needs to ride in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible–until 2 or more years. When your child has outgrown that seat, you are ready for a forward-facing car seat. Find more details about buying the right car seat for your child.
  2. Installing your car seat. You will need to decide on using either the seat belt or lower anchors to secure your car seat. Both are safe, but do not use both at the same time. Once your child is forward facing, it is important to use the tether with the seat belt or lower anchors. Get more details about installing your car seat.
  3. Getting the right fit. A properly fitted harness gives the best possible protection for your child. Here are more details about getting the right fit for your child.
  4. When to change your car seat. Look on the car seat label to make sure your child is still within the weight, height, and age limits for that seat. Get details about when to change your car seat.

*Safe KIDS Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries.

“Properly restraining and buckling your child is one simple and effective way to ensure they are as protected as possible while in the vehicle”, says Dana M. Paris, partner at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy.

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