According to Safe Kids, 73% of car seats are not used or installed properly.
Installation should only take fifteen minutes. If you are having any issues, contact the Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. They can help or double check your work. To find a CCPST in Augusta, call 706-721-7606, in Aiken call 803-642-8809, and in Beaufort County call 843-524-5700.
Remember, as your children get older, they should still ride in booster seats. Even when a child has graduated from a booster seat, they should remain in the backseat until age 13.
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The safest way to transport your child in a vehicle is with an age and weight appropriate car seat. The leading cause of death for children is car crashes, so giving them the best chance of survival in a crash relies heavily on what car seat they use. The law says they should be in a car seat.
Not just any car seat is going to be the right one for your child. There are various kinds and you should ensure that the one you have them in is appropriate for their age, weight, and height. A very small six-year-old should not be in the same car seat as those their age if they are not ready for the upgrade.
Here is what you should know:
- Your car seat should meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213
- You need to learn how to properly install the seat and place their harness
- It is never a bad idea to have an expert come help you insure that you have properly installed the seat and you are harnessing your child in the seat in the safest way.
Help can come from a health department or a fire/law department. You may also reach out to local public safety groups and hospitals. You can always ask for help before you leave the hospital with a newborn to ensure that you are taking them on their first ride safely.
If you choose to use a car seat that is a hand-me-down, be careful that it is still intact and is safety certified.
Do not ever use a car seat that has missing parts or ones that don’t have the label that shows it is meeting the federal standard code.
You can even look up the type of car seat it is to make sure that you are not going to be putting your child in a car seat that was recalled. The manufacturer can also tell you how long the car seat is expected to be safely used. Some car seats have an expiration date of sorts. Listen to your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.