Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Common Car Seat Mistakes
The next milestone the child should reach before simply using the safety belt in the back seat is 4 feet, 9 inches tall and 8 years old. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that children up to the age of 13 ride in the back seat to minimize passenger side airbag injuries, which can be fatal in children. The LATCH system, or "lower anchors and tethers for children," is standard equipment in cars made after September 2002 and makes installing car seats easier and safer. If you're not sure how to install your child's seat or would rather be safe than sorry, then have a professional install the seat. Go to Seatcheck.org to find a professional car seat installation technician in your area, usually located at local police or fire stations, who can help you install or check your installation.