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August 5th, 2013 at 8:26 am

Car Seat Safety

The car seat is one of the most confusing things I have experienced with my children. I have constantly questioned:

  • Are they in right?
  • Should my child move to the next type of car seat?
  • Where should the seat belt actually be worn?

It may be confusing, but is one of the most important items we purchase as parents. I want to give you some general guidelines on what type of car seat is most appropriate for your child. Be sure to always check the information on the actual seat to determine if that seat is still a good choice for your child.

  • Car seats expire, so be sure to check for the expiration date in the user guide.
  • Car seats are junk after they take part in a moderate or severe crash. Most insurance policies will pay for car seat replacement when an accident occurs.
  • Do not put anything under or behind an infant unless it came with the seat or was made by the manufacturer of the seat.
  • Winter coats and snowsuits can increase injury in infants in a crash. It is a safer choice to tuck blankets over the harness straps.
  • Do not purchase safety seats second-hand. You never know the history or expiration. The integrity of the seat diminishes in crashes and can make the seat unsafe.
  • Look for places that will help you install your seat. Check with your local fire or police station or the following websites:
  • NHTSA (or call NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888/327-4236)
  • SeatCheck (or call 866/SEATCHECK [866/732-8243])
  • National Child Passenger Safety Certified Technicians (or call 877/366-8154) This site provides information in Spanish and also provides a list of CPS technicians with enhanced training in protection of children with special needs.

Most importantly – Make sure anyone transporting your child is using the same guidelines you use! 

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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