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Car Seat Safety

Did you know car crashes are the leading cause of death in children 3 to 14 years old?

The AAP and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have issued new guidelines as of March, 2011.

Please review and follow these guidelines closely. They may just save your child’s life!

Take 5 minutes to watch this video which explains the new guidelines.

Infant and Toddlers
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1 year olds are 5 times less likely to be injured in a crash if they are rear-facing.
There has never been a documented leg fracture due to a child rear-facing.
Rear-facing car seats protect the head, neck, and back much better than forward-facing seats.
All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Safety Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.
Young Children (1-3 years)
Once children outgrow the maximum weight and height requirements of their Rear-Facing Car Safety Seat (see the manufacturer’s specific recommendations) they may be in a Forward-Facing Car Safety Seat with a full harness in the rear seat of the car.
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Children (4-7+ years)
Keep your 4 to 7 year old children in their Forward-Facing car seat with a harness until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer. Once they outgrow their forward-facing car seat with a harness, it's time to travel on a Booster Seat ... but still in the rear seat.
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Older Children (8-12 years)
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Children should remain in a Booster Seat in the rear seat until they are 4 foot 9 inches tall. This is usually between 8 and 12 years old.

Children should continue to sit in the rear seat once the seat belt properly fits. No one under the age of 13 should ride in the front seat.

For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.