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Child Passenger Safety: Why Are Car Seats Important?
By: Amanda Kelly, BA, CHES - Health Educator/Safe Kids Stark County Coordinator
Riding unrestrained is the single greatest risk factor for death and injury among child motor vehicle occupants. In Stark County, approximately 90% of car seats are installed incorrectly.
Car Seat Safety Tips
· Read your owners manual to your vehicle and child car seat very carefully.
· All children under 12 should ride in the back seat. Infants must ride rear facing until they are 1 year old and 20 pounds. Safe Kids recommends keeping a child rear facing until they reach the upper weight limits of a rear-facing convertible seat.
· Children over 1 year and between 20 and 40 pounds need to ride in a forward facing child seat with a harness system.
· Children over 40 pounds need to ride in a booster seat with the lap and shoulder belt until they reach the upper weight limits of the seat.
· Never place a rear facing child seat in front of an airbag.
· Never use a child seat that has been involved in an accident. Only use a seat if you know the history of it.
Safe Kids Stark County offers weekly fitting stations and free car seat inspections throughout the year. Contact them at 330-493-9904 x 282 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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