Our children are our most precious cargo, we would do anything to protect them. Yet often we fail to pay proper attention to the one thing that can save their lives in the event of a car accident – a car seat. Choosing the right car seat to buy and using it properly is one of the most important things you can do to protect your child. Here are some tips on how to buy the right car seat and how to use it safely and effectively.
- Choose a Seat Based on Your Child’s Age, Weight, and Height
There are three types of car seats: forward-facing, rear-facing, and booster seat. The type of seat that is best for your child varies depending on his or her age and weight. Before you buy a car seat, make sure to read the label regarding the minimum and maximum weight, height, and age for each seat. If you are looking at car seats online you can also find this information under the “specifications” section of the product description. A five-point harness will give the best protection to your child.
- Never Buy a Used Car Seat
A used car seat may have previously been in a crash which could affect its structural integrity. It could also be missing parts that are essential to the correct and safe operation of the seat. Finally, a used car seat could have been the subject of a safety recall in the past (or may be in the future) and you will not be notified if you are not the registered owner.
- Register Your Car Seat
There is a registration card that comes in the box with the car seat. Make sure you take the time to fill out this card and send it in to the manufacturer. This lets the manufacturer know that you purchased the car seat and they can contact you in the future if any safety recall issues arise with the seat.
- Adjust the Straps as Your Child Grows
In rear-facing car seats, the straps should be at or just below your child’s shoulder level. In forward-facing car seats, the straps should be at or just above your child’s shoulder level. Monitor the strap height every time you buckle your child in and adjust the straps as your child grows.
- Tighten Seat Belt Before Putting on Bulky Clothes
Bulky clothes like winter jackets can be filled with air which can prevent the proper fit and tightening of the harness of a car seat. Adjust the fit or the harness and tighten straps as needed on your child before putting on bulky winter clothes. This will ensure that the harness will fit snugly even when the child is wearing a jacket.
Following these safety tips can help prevent your child from being injured in an accident. If an accident does occur, you can count on Alexander Law Group to be on your side. If you or someone you know was severely injured in an accident while driving, contact Alexander Law Group, LLC online or call us at 888.777.1776. Our lawyers will work to get you the maximum settlement possible.