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.
When 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.
An infant 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.
And always 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
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.
Read the instructions regarding proper use of
your safety seat. Some common mistakes include the following:
Not using the harness.
Not attaching the safety seat to the safety
Placing the safety belt in the wrong location
on the safety seat.
Placing infants not yet able to sit up in a
forward facing position.
Not attaching tether straps.
Using harness-type booster seats with a lap
Moving children under 4 years old to safety
boosters much too early.
Omitting the use of a shoulder strap retainer
Leaving the harness straps and/or belt loose.
By 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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