We want our children to be as safe as possible when riding in the car with us. One of the most effective ways to keep children safe in the car is by properly installing and using the car seat.
Follow these car seat safety tips to help keep you kids safe while you’re on the road!
Back Seat, Rear Facing is Best
Avoid installing the car seat in the front seat. The back seat, and facing to the rear of the vehicle, is the safest place for children in car seats. Children at least 20-pounds and over 1-year old may ride facing forward; however, continuing with rear-facing up to the limits of the car seat may be safer.
The back seat is the safest place for passengers generally. Do not let a child under 12 ride in the front.
Buckle the Harness Properly
The harness straps should go over your child’s shoulders, with the clip placed at armpit level (not lower, not over the stomach). Tighten the harness so that you can slip only one finger underneath the straps.
Don’t Be Fooled By A Short Trip
Even if you’re only going down the road, always fasten your child securely into their car seat. Accidents can occur anywhere, any time.
Read the Instruction Manuals
Read the instruction manuals for the car seat and the section on car seats in your vehicle’s manual. Read carefully, and cover-to-cover. You do not want to miss important instructions or warnings.
Register Your Car Seat
Fill out and send in the registration card that comes with your car seat, or register it online. This ensures the manufacturer will be able to keep you informed of recalls or product defects that may be discovered later.
Booster Seats for Children Over 40-Pounds
Keep your child in a car seat as long as possible. Once your child is over 40-pounds, use a booster seat to help position the seat belt properly over the child’s lap and shoulder. Use the booster seat until your child is tall enough to sit with feet flat on the floor board and weighs more than 80-pounds.
With these car seat safety tips you can help protect your kids, and reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident. However, sometimes accidents happen no matter how careful you are. If another driver was not paying attention and rear-ended you, for example, there is not much you can do about the situation except make sure you have an experienced Omaha personal injury attorney on your team to represent you in your accident case.
If you have any questions about vehicle accidents and liability, call our office today (402)558-4900 to schedule a free consultation.