Did you know…Every 32 seconds in 2017, one child under the age of 13 in a passenger vehicle was involved in a crash? Many times, injuries and deaths can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. At BCB we are serious about carseat safety all year round and helping our community of parents with ongoing resources to keep the whole family safe! We are very excited to partner with Britax in honor of Child Passenger Safety Week September 15-21, 2019, to help raise awareness of the correct usage of carseats and to provide you with some top safety tips to help keep your kids safe. Keep reading to learn more top tips & scroll down to
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Child Passenger Safety Week is recognized this September during Baby Safety Month
During Baby Safety Month (September), The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) dedicates a week to Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21, 2019). The goal is to raise awareness for all parents and caregivers about correct usage of child restraints (rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat, belt-positioning booster seat or vehicle seat belt). Many communities across the U.S. will be sharing safety tips and hosting Certified Child Passenger Safety events. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians also help educate consumers throughout the year about choosing the right car seat for their child, the importance of registering car seats with the manufacturer and what to expect if the seat is subject to a safety recall or a crash.
Help Britax and NHTSA keep kids safe and families together by sharing some of the child passenger safety tips and statistics below with your social media friends and participate in the conversation by tagging @BritaxUS (FB & Insta) or @Britax (Twitter) and using approved hashtags: #BritaxSafety #therightseat.
40 Child Passenger Statistics & Best Practice Safety Tips
- Did you know that about 3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly?
- Car crashes are the number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States.
- Did you know all 50 states and the District of Columbia have child safety seat laws?
- Best practice is easy – just follow your car seat user guide and vehicle owner’s manual.
- One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle.
- The best way to protect kids in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.
- Before you install your car seat, take some time to read both the car seat user guide and your vehicle’s owner manual.
- If you have difficulty installing your child seat securely, contact the manufacturer.
- Weather and the motion from your vehicle can loosen a child’s seat over time. Check the fit and reinstall the seat periodically to be sure you have a secure installation at all times.
- Always tighten the harness until snug.
- Did you know that roughly 60 percent of car seat harnesses are not tight enough? Test for proper fitment at the child’s collar bone and try to pinch the webbing up and down. Your fingers should slide off. If they don’t, tighten the harness.
- Bulky clothing or blankets can prevent a snug harness fit.
- Keep children in a car seat with a five-point harness for as long as possible.
- The harness secures your child at the strongest parts of his or her body and keeps the child in the vehicle during a crash.
- Never add thick padding (blankets, body positioners, etc) under or behind the baby unless it is recommended for use by the manufacturer.
- Find a car seat check event or technician near you, by visiting: http://www.safekids.org/events/
- If a child seat is past its expiration date, the seat should be replaced.
- The use of a child seat be discontinued if it has been in a moderate to severe crash.
- Lower vehicle LATCH anchors have limits. To learn more, visit: https://us.britax.com/product-knowledge/articles/about-latch/
- Unless both the vehicle manual and car seat manual permit it, do not use the LATCH system and the vehicle’s seat belt system at the same time. Each car seat has specific instructions for when to use the LATCH versus when to use the seat belt system so check your car seat and vehicle seat manuals to be sure.
- Britax recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats.
- Once a child outgrows the rear-facing-only “infant” car seat, he/she should travel in a rear-facing “convertible” car seat.
- The harness straps should be threaded through the slots at or below the child’s shoulders on a rear-facing car seat.
- When children are rear-facing in a car seat, it’s important for the seat to be installed in a reclined position to help keep baby’s head and neck supported and airways clear.
- When forward-facing, the use of a top tether can reduce the distance that your child’s head moves forward during a crash by four to six inches.
- The harness straps should be threaded through the slots at or above the child’s shoulders in a forward-facing car seat.
- Please don’t be in a hurry to transition your child to a belt-positioning booster seat.
- When you’re ready, you can safely secure your big kid in a belt-positioning booster seat, using a lap/shoulder seat belt, never a lap belt only.
- Position the chest clip at your child’s armpit level.
- Register your car seat with the manufacturer.
- The back seat is the safest place for children age 12 and under.
- A securely installed car seat should not move more than 1 inch side-to-side or front-to-back at the belt path.
- Secure all items to eliminate projectiles in case of a crash.
- For children 12 years of age and under, remember — the backseat is always the safest place for them to ride.
- Never purchase a used car seat if you don’t know its history.
- Before buying a car seat, see if you can test it out in your vehicle to choose one that you can use easily and correctly each and every time.
- One in four car crashes are side impacts, but they cause the most severe injuries. To minimize the risk of injury to your child’s head and chest during a side impact crash, choose a car seat with side impact protection.
- Look for a car seat that offers safety technologies that you can see; like side impact protection and a head restraint made from energy-absorbent material to reduce the risk of injury during a crash.
- Cover the child seat when the vehicle is parked in direct sunlight. Metal parts of child seat could become hot enough to burn a child.
- Do not leave children alone in a vehicle, even for a short time.
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