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What You Need to Know About Child Car Seats

All parents want to keep their children safe when in the car—a car seat is there to protect little ones. When tucking your child into their car seat, it’s imperative to ensure that they are in the right seat, facing the right way, and secure for the entire journey. There are many car seat choices on the market! With age, your child will progress from rear-facing car seat to a forward-facing car seat, to a booster seat, to only a seat belt. Here is a breakdown of the basics: Rear-Facing Car Seat Birth – 3 Years Until your child reaches the top height, or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer, your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat in the backseat of the car. Keep your child rear-facing for as long as possible as this is the best way to keep them safe. Once your child outgrows this seat, your child is ... Read more

Choosing the Proper Car Seat for your Child

Keeping your child safe is your number one priority as a parent, which is why it is important to make sure your child has the proper child safety seat while they are in any vehicle. Along with choosing the right seat, it is equally important to make sure that the seat is properly installed. Having the right car seat for your child will help prevent injury or even death if you are ever involved in a car accident. Before your child is born, make sure to meet with a certified child passenger safety technician, or CPST. You can contact a CPST though the police department or fire department, and they will help you learn how to properly install and use a child safety seat, for no charge. They will also make sure that you have the proper seat for your child and vehicle. There are many different types of child safety ... Read more

Five Common Mistakes Parents Make With Child Safety Seats

With multiple manufactures and five different types of children’s car seats available, properly installing these important safety devices can be a challenge. In fact a survey done by the GM Foundation and Safe Kids USA indicates the problem is significant. The survey indicates that 73% of child safety seats are not being installed properly. Here are five common mistakes parents make when installing their child’s car seat. 1. Not selecting the right car seat. Child seats have a label on them that lets you know it is age, height and weight appropriate. Be sure to check it. 2. Not putting it in the back seat. Children should ride in the rear seat until the age of 13. 3. Having them facing forward too soon. Children should be in a car seat that faces the rear until about 2 years old. When they move into a forward facing seat, double check to insure the top tether ... Read more