Is Your Child In the Right Car Seat?
This week is Child Passenger Safety Week, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council. While many parents believe they have their children in the correct safety seat while traveling in the car, only a small percentage actually do.
What safety seat your child belongs in is determined by his height and weight, not age. While infants belong in a rear-facing child seat, toddlers who are tall enough and weight the proper amount belong in a front-facing child seat. Only when your child reaches the weight and height limitations determined by the manufacturer and your state's legislature should you then move him to a booster seat. Finally, when your child outgrows the weight and height limitations, he can sit in the backseat with a seatbelt.
Be sure to spread the world of Child Passenger Safety Week and make sure that your friends and family have their children in the proper car seat. Every year hundreds of thousands of children are injured in car accidents, but it doesn't have to be so. By having your child in the proper safety seat, you can help keep him safe in the event of a crash.
Mr. Transmission of Bolingbrook
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