A Spokane mother is crediting her child’s car seat for saving her child in a car accident near Loon Lake. The mother posted on Facebook about the crash saying her daughter was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. The infant was found 60 yards away from the crash site with only minor injuries and is doing well. Her post has now gone viral. She hopes to educate people about the benefits of car seat diligence.
Car accidents are a leading cause of death for kids ages 1 to 13. That is why your child’s car seat is critical. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 328 children were saved by a car seat in 2016.
The following steps will help you through the process of finding the right car seat for your child as well as how to install it correctly to properly protect your child in a car accident.
Finding the Right Car Seat for Your Child
There are four types of car seats to choose from based on your child’s size and age. Keep in mind that not all car seats fit all vehicles. Test the car seat you plan to purchase to make sure it fits well in your vehicle.
Rear-Facing Car Seat (for children age birth to 3 years old)
There are three different types of rear-facing car seats: an infant car seat, a convertible seat, or a all-in one seat. Rear-facing car seats are best for young children. A baby typically outgrows their infant car seat by 8 or 9 months of age. When this happens, it is recommended to purchase a convertible car seat or all-in-one car seat that can be used rear-facing.
Forward-Facing Car Seat (for children age 2 to 7 years old)
There are three different types of forward-facing car seats: a convertible seat, a combination seat, or an all-in-one seat. A forward-facing car seat has a harness and tether that is built to limit your child’s movement in the event of a car accident.
Booster Seat (for children age 4 to 12)
There are four different types of booster seats for parents to choose from: a booster seat with a high back, a backless booster seat, a combination seat, or an all-in-one seat. A booster seat does not offer much protection for your child which is why they are only used for older children. When using a booster seat, position the seat belt so it fits properly over the stronger parts of your child’s body.
Seatbelt (for children age 8 and older)
After your child has outgrown their booster seat it is time to use a seatbelt. The seatbelt should lie across the upper thighs and be snug across the shoulder and chest to restrain the child in a crash. A seatbelt should never rest on the stomach area or across the neck or face.
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Installing the Car Seat Correctly
Installing a car seat properly is the best way to protect your child in a car accident. Every car seat is installed with either a seatbelt or lower anchors to secure it in place. Before attempting to install your child’s car seat, make sure you understand the function and location of the vehicle and car seat parts used in the installation. The NHTSA provides greater details of proper car seat installation here.
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