AS MANY AS
TWO-THIRDS TO THREE-FOURTHS OF ALL SAFETY SEATS ARE
BEING USED IMPROPERLY.
Traffic collisions are the Number 1 killer of
children and young adults, according to Los Angeles
Area child Passenger Safety Association.
mom-to-be is pregnant, she should place the lap belt
low, under the baby. The shoulder harness goes over
the shoulder and across the
center of the chest. Never tuck the shoulder harness
under the arm. If you put the shoulder belt under your
arm, you are putting the force of the collision on your
ribs which may be broken by the impact and may endanger
your internal organs.
should be buckled securely in a child restraint on his
first ride home from the hospital. The worst place in
the car for your baby is in your arms.
put the baby in the safety seat when riding with
grandparents, aunts and uncles, or anyone
traveling with the baby.
Place the safety seat in
the back seat of the car, which is safer than the front
seat. According to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213-80, for maximum protection, the rear
center seating position is the safest position in most
vehicles as long as the center seat is equipped with a
If your child's safety seat is in use
and a crash occurs, retire it gratefully and replace it
with a new seat.
All safety seats made after 1980
must be crash tested. Look for the name of
the manufacturer and date of manufacture to ensure you
are buying a safe seat and not a counterfeit seat or
one that has not been properly tested.
instructions regarding proper use of your safety seat.
Some common mistakes include the following:
using the harness.
Not attaching the safety seat
to the safety belt.
Placing the safety belt in
location on the safety seat.
Placing infants not
yet able to sit up in a forward facing
Not attaching tether straps.
Using harness-type booster seats with a lap belt
Moving children under 4 years old to safety
boosters much too early.
Omitting the use of a
shoulder strap retainer clip.
Leaving the harness
straps and/or belt loose.
reading the instructions carefully, a parent should be
able to avoid these mistakes.
If a parent,
grandparent or caretaker has any questions regarding
the safe use of infant, toddler or booster seats,
please contact your local Child Passenger Safety Association or call (310) 673-2666.
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