In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Week, Nancy has an additional video this week where she answers the Top 5 most frequently asked questions on car seat safety according to the internet.
Here are the top five questions frequently asked about using a car seat and car seat safety.
The most frequent question, number one, is how long is that car seat good for?
Well, the answer is car seats should not be used after six years as they expire. Manufacturer’s stamp an expiration date on car seats. The plastic over time starts to deteriorate and other components of the car seat can start to break.
Also, older car seats may not meet government safety standards.
Number two, how much should a baby weigh in a forward facing seat?
The answer is always, always, always refer to the manufacturer’s recommendation for that car seat. Children should stay in a forward-facing seat with a harness until they reach the top height or weight limit recommended by that manufacturer for that car seat.
Once they exceed that limit, which is generally between the ages of four to seven, you need to check the manufacturer’s label for your option with that seat, such as is that forward-facing seat, a convertible, combination, or is a forward-facing seat only.
Number three, where is the best spot to put my car seat in the vehicle?
Well, the answer is there are many factors to consider, such as:
- How many children are traveling in the vehicle?
- What is the height, weight, and age of the child needing the car seat?
- What is the belt system in the vehicle?
- Where’s the airbags in the vehicle?
- Where are you parking?
- Are you parking frequently on the street with traffic?
Generally, the safest location for a car seat is in the backseat, in the center, as is farthest from the door for crash impact.
Number four, when do I use a booster seat?
Now booster seats are used when the children no longer meet the manufacturer’s recommendation for height and weight for the car seat, but they’re still not tall enough to sit in the vehicle with their back against the seat and their feet flat against the floor of the vehicle.
Many boosters seats fit children 80 to 100 pounds. Booster seats keep the lap belt and shoulder belt in the proper position.
Number five, when to stop using an infant car seat?
The answer is these seats should not be used once the child exceeds the height and weight limit recommendation by that manufactured for that seat.
Rear-facing seats, they’re designed in crashes to distribute the force across the entire body of the child and the head of the child. In general, your child’s head should be the most one inch from the top of that car seat.
As always, check the manufacturer’s recommendation of that car seat.
Now that we’ve answered the five questions before to check out the rest of our child passenger safety videos on our website. Thank you for watching, and remember our weekly videos are every Wednesday at 1230.