Am I keeping my child in a car safety restraint long enough?
New research has given us better insights on how to keep our children safer during accidents. That’s important because vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of kids today.
Summarizing the latest studies, here’s what we know:
- Keep babies in rear-racing car seats until they’re 2 if possible.
- Keep children in 5-point harness car seats as long as possible.
- Keep children in booster seats until they’ve met all criteria to move into seat belts alone.
These websites explain why longer time in restraints is better:
- “Your baby should remain rear-facing until she is 2 years of age, or until she reaches the highest weight or height limit allowed by the manufacturer of her child safety seat. Some rear-facing child safety seats can accommodate children up to 35 pounds or more.” www.chop.edu
- “Most car seat manufacturers now offer several models that provide a secure harness system for children who are 50-85 pounds. This allows children to remain in a five-point harness car seat for a longer period of time, with the benefit of better crash protection.” www.chkd.org
- “Seat belts are made for adults. Your child should stay in a belt-positioning booster seat until the seat belts fit correctly, typically when your child reaches 4 feet 9 inches in height and is between 8 and 12 years of age.” www.chop.edu
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