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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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