Here are the facts. Using a car seat for infants under a year old reduces the risk of death by 71 percent and for toddlers up to the age of 4 by 54 percent. Booster seats? They reduce the risk of serious injury of children aged 4 to 8 years by 45 percent. Adults? The chances of you walking out of a car accident from death or serious injury is 50 percent safer than not choosing to belt up. With this in mind, sitting your child on your lap shouldn’t be a replacement for having a proper car seat.
In this session, I would like to listing the importance of car seats for children, and when to replace your car seats. Should they wear out or your child outgrow them.
Seat Types and Age
While child car seats are easily gauged by age and type, it is also important to note your child’s weight as well. As all children vary in size and weight, the seats may differ according to model as below.
Rear Facing Seats
Infants up to the age of 2 should only be seated in seats that face the rear. Seats such as these provide a better protection for the baby’s head, neck and spine compared to the forward-facing types. Also note that should you want to put your child at the front passenger seat, ensure that your vehicle is able to deactivate the front passenger airbag for safety.
Forward Facing Seats
These seats come with harnesses that limit the child’s forward movement in the seat should there be an accident. Similarly, there are also tether straps that can be hooked to the back of the rear passenger seat. Most modern vehicles come with ISOFIX points that have points to hook up to as standard for your child’s seat.
The purpose for booster seats are for children who have outgrown the child seat but aren’t fully able to use the seat belt yet. This comes in ages of 4 to 12 and should go across the child’s pelvis, chest and shoulder. The lap belt should go over the pelvic region with the diagonal over the shoulder and not the neck.
When To Replace A Baby Car Seat
The local weather warrants a large amount of sunlight which over time can cause the plastics to decay and break. While it might be a hassle to constantly move the child seat in and out of your car, it can preserve the seat for a longer use for your next child. To find out more, check out the infographic below.