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Car Seat Recommendations for Children

Review of current car seat recommendations
by

Carrie Shrier

on 9 February 2016

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Transcript of Car Seat Recommendations for Children

Importance of Rear Facing
A seat belt is not enough
Booster vs. seat belt
Incorrect vs correct installation
Car Seat
Recommendations for
Children
Forward Facing
Boosters
Why?
Rear Facing
Seat Belt
Car crashes are the leading cause of death in children 1 - 14.
Over 1400 children are killed every year in car crashes.
Children are 5 times safer rear-facing.
The spinal cord injury seen in forward facing toddlers is called internal decapitation.
The AAP recommends rear-facing to the maximum height and weight limits of a child's car seat.
The AAP recommends keeping children a forward facing harness to the maximum height and weight limits of the restraint.
The AAP recommends using a booster seat until the child is big enough to fit the seat belt properly.
The AAP recommends that children who are tall enough to fit the seat belt properly should remain the back seat until age 13.
Carrie Shrier
Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor
Extension Educator
MSU Extension
Children and Youth Institute
shrier@msu.edu
Over 95% of car seats inspected in Livingston County have been found to be used or installed incorrectly.
All forward facing installations should include use of a top tether strap.
Harness straps should be routed at or above the shoulders when forward facing.
Harness straps should be routed at or below the shoulders when rear-facing.
There are no risks to children's legs or feet when rear-facing.
Call Safe Kids Huron valley (734) 763-2251
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