We have a serious epidemic in this country, my friends!
Luckily, this is something we can stop with YOUR help.
75% of car seats are used incorrectly!
That wouldn’t be as serious if motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. weren’t the leading cause of death for children ages 3 and older.
But sadly, they are.
Please join us in spreading the word on the importance of child passenger safety.
This past weekend I attended Hollywood’s 2nd Annual Red CARpet Event in Beverly Hills. It turns out that I’m not the only one who feels passionately about car seat safety. The problem is that most people just don’t know they are doing things wrong when it comes to car seats. Look around the room next time you are at a play date or child function. More often than not, 3 out of 4 of the parents (or caregivers) in the room are using car seats wrong whether they are installed incorrectly, the child is not in the right seat, the seat is expired or needs to be replaced or the child isn’t properly strapped in.
It’s all about awareness! We have to get the word out that child passenger safety should be one of the most important things to parents of young children, grandparents, or caregivers to bring down this alarmingly big number of incorrectly used car seats.
So, in honor of national Child Passenger Safety week coming up next week, I rounded up 20 of our closest friends (you might recognize a few!) 😉 to share car seat tips to help keep your kids safe!
If I could ask anything of you, it would be to please share this video! We are saving babies here, people! Please. Share if you care!
20 Child Passenger Safety Best Practice Tips:
1. The best way to protect kids in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.
2. The right car seat or booster fits your child and your car, and is one you will use correctly every time you travel.
3. Before you install your car seat, take some time to read both the car seat instruction manual and your vehicle’s owner manual.
4. Bulky clothing or blankets can prevent a snug harness fit
5. Place the chest clip at your child’s armpit level.
6. Thick padding must not be put under or behind the baby unless it is recommended for use by the manufacturer.
7. Always tighten the harness until snug.
8. When your child is ready for a booster seat you can safely secure your child in a booster seat, using a lap/shoulder seat belt, never a lap belt only.
9. To best protect your child in a crash, car seats must be installed correctly.
10. The back seat is the safest place for children age 12 and under.
11. One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle.
12. Proper use of car seats helps keep children safe.
13. The AAP recommends all infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.
14. Install your car seat using either LATCH or the vehicle seat belt system. You should not use both systems at the same time.
15. The car seat should not move more than one inch front to back or side to side at the belt path.
16. The harness straps should be threaded through the slots at or below the child’s shoulders on a rear-facing car seat.
17. The harness straps should be threaded through the slots at or above the child’s shoulders in a forward-facing car seat.
18. If you have difficulty installing your child seat securely, contact the manufacturer.
19. If a child seat has been involved in a severe crash or is past its expiration date, the seat should be replaced.
20. Register your car seat with the manufacturer.