One of the most important jobs as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year thousands of children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper uses of car safety seats helps keep children safe. It can be a bit overwhelming for parents due to the amount of safety seats on the market.
The type of seat depends on the size of your child and the type of vehicle you have. The following specs indicate what type of seat your child should be restrained in. It is also very important to familiarize yourself with the features of each seat.
- Infants: Infant seats and rear facing convertible seats should be used until they are at least 1 year old and weigh at least 20 lbs.
- Toddlers/Preschool: Convertible seats; still should ride in rear facing until child exceeds infant specifications.
- School –aged: Booster seats are now recommended. Children should stay in their booster seats until adult belts fit correctly; usually around 4’ 9” in height and between 8-12 years old.
- Older children: Children who have outgrown their booster seat should ride with a lap and shoulder belt.
When shopping for child safety seats, keep in mind these important tips:
- Pick the seat that best fits your child. No one seat is best or safest.
- Don’t let price decide your purchase. In most cases, the higher price seat isn’t always the safest.
- Avoid used seats if you don’t know the seats history.
- Do not use seats if they have been in a moderate or severe crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call the Law Firm of McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. at 1-888-353-5513 for a free consultation.