Though car seats and safety belts are important and were designed to save children from severe injury during an accident or sudden jerk , they aren''''t the only things parents should look out for when kids are riding in cars.
Here are some tips and recommendations that will further help you in making sure your child is safe in your car:
1. Never make the infants ride in the front seat.
2. If you have a removable baby seat, check on top and behind the car before leaving also, double check to see to it the baby seat is buckled in.
3. Air bags and car safety seats should never be near each other.
4. Do not allow a child under 12 in the front seat because of possible injury from air bags. Infants less than one year of age and 20 pounds in weight should ride in a rear-facing infant or convertible car so that spine injuries, in case of a crash, can be prevented. If the infant weighs more than 20 pounds but is less than 1 year of age, a rear-facing convertible infant seat approved for higher weights should be used until they are one-year old.
5. Children over one year of age and 20 pounds of weight can use forward-facing seats.
6. In rear-facing car seats for infants, shoulder harness straps should not be too tight or loose when you place them in the slots below the infant''''s shoulder.
7. Never allow breakable glass items, sharp objects or flammable materials in the passenger area of the car.
8. No matter how much fun it is, never allow children to stick anything out the window while the car is moving.
9. Make sure your car is equipped with driver-controlled windows and door locks so children can''''t open them even if they want to.
10. Never leave children unattended in the car, particularly in the sun. They can get a heat stroke, abducted, accidentally release the brakes or can get out of the car.
11. When using child car safety seats, be familiar with the laws in your area and read the car seat manuals carefully.
12. Feel under seats and handles...anywhere a child can get to...for sharp objects or staples, etc. and fix anything you find.
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