Car Seat How To’s

Did you know?

  • When installed and used correctly, car seats and restraints can reduce fatal injury by up to 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers.
  • 7 out of 10 child safety seats are not installed correctly.
  • Of the children who died in a crash in 2011, 33% were not buckled up.
  • Children 2 to 5 years of age who are allowed to ride with just a seat belt are 4 times more likely to suffer a serious head injury in a crash than those in car safety seats or booster seats.

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We wrote here about proposed revisions to car seat regulations, which would require more protection from side-impact crashes. Regardless of the regulations, however, if you don’t use the appropriate device, or install it correctly or properly position your child in it, you won’t be getting the full benefit of the device. Here are some tips.

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