If you’re a parent, one of your top priorities should be making sure your kid is safe while they’re in a car. Each year, thousands of kids are killed or wounded in traffic accidents. You should safeguard kids in cars by using appropriate safety seats. However, due to the wide variety of available options, many parents may feel overwhelmed while choosing a car seat like a booster seat. A certified passenger safety technician can help you plan for a secure travel home with your newborn child. It’s essential to consider your child’s age, size, and developmental requirements when deciding which car seat is best for them.
Seat Belt And LATCH Anchorage Instructions
The vehicle’s seat belt and the LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system may be used to secure kid safety seats in a car. Many parents prefer using the lower anchors instead of the seat belt to attach the seat. Always utilise the top rope when installing a forward-facing child safety seat, regardless of whether you use a seat belt or lower anchors. Caregivers may use either the seat belt or LATCH mechanism to secure the car safety seat in their vehicle; both are as secure. Caretakers should only utilise 1 of the 2 systems at a time unless instructed by the car safety seat and vehicle makers.
Lower anchors for the LATCH system may be found at the rear of the vehicle, often in the seam between the seat cushions. These anchors are compatible with the tethers or tether connections on all forward-facing child safety seats. It is recommended that no more than 65 pounds be used on any of the lower anchors (total weight includes car safety seat and child). Parents should consult the car seat manufacturer’s guidelines to determine the youngest age at which a kid may still utilise the lower anchors. The manufacturer labels new automotive safety seats with their maximum weight capacity.
For The Safety Of Infants And Toddlers, Always Use A Rear-Facing Car Seat
To the fullest extent permitted by the manufacturer’s guidelines for height and weight, all babies and toddlers should use the rear-facing position of their vehicle safety seat for as long as feasible. Convertible car seats often include age and weight restrictions that keep kids safe while riding rear-facing for at least two years. Convertible seats with a rear-facing orientation are required as babies outgrow their rear-facing-only seats. Getting assistance from a CPST to install a child safety seat is an excellent idea for all parents. The following considerations should be made while installing a rear-facing car seat:
- Harnesses for a backless car seat should be positioned such that the child’s shoulders are at or below the level of the slots.
- Ensure the chest clip is in the middle of your child’s chest, even with their armpits, and that the harness is taut over their shoulders (you shouldn’t be able to squeeze any slack between your fingers).
- Use the vehicle’s lower anchors or a locked seat belt to secure the car’s safety seat. Many child safety and booster seats include a built-in lock-off mechanism that prevents the seat belt from being unlatched. If your seat has one, utilise it as specified. The seat is not secured correctly if you can slide it over an inch forward or backward along the belt route.
Modern automobiles always have front airbags. Airbags in the booster seat protect teens and adults when used with seat belts; nevertheless, airbags pose a severe threat to children, especially those in rear-facing seats and preschoolers and elementary schools, who are not adequately secured. If your car has a passenger airbag, babies in rear-facing car seats must travel in the back seat. The airbag may inflate, impact the vehicle safety seat, and inflict significant brain damage or death, even in a low-speed collision.