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Car Safety

Vehicle time can be a great time family time! Sing songs, ask your children about their day, and introduce new words like tree, train, truck, and more.

When you use car seats – and install them properly – you can help keep your child safe.

Types of car seats:

  1. Rear-facing
  • 0-2 years old.
  • Up to 40 pounds.
  1. Forward-facing
  • 2-5 years old.
  • Up to recommended height on car seat.
  1. Booster seats
  • 5 years old and older.
  • Up to 100 pounds.
  • Up to 4 ft. 9 in. tall.

Location

Children should remain in the backseat until they are age 13. Air bags can save the lives of full-grown adults, but can seriously hurt children.

Watch the Fluff

Make sure blankets or other materials are not between your child and the car seat harness. This “fluff” changes how the car seat fits and can keep it from working well in an accident.

Ideally, before buckling your child in, take your child’s winter jacket off. When it’s time to get out of the car, you can put your child’s winter coat back on. You can warm the car up ahead of time, buckle your child in, and then put blankets over your child.

Make Sure You Use the Car Seat Correctly

If the car seat harness is too tight, your child may have trouble breathing comfortably. If it’s too loose, it won’t protect your child. Use a “pinch test” to see if the car seat harness is too tight. After you tighten the harness strap, you should not be able to pinch the fabric of the strap together. If you can, tighten the straps a little more.

Many car seats, up to 4 out of every 5, are not installed correctly. This leads to many injuries that could have been prevented.

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