Child Safety Challenge Day 4: Passenger Safety
Welcome to Day 4 of the Child Safety Challenge!
Do your children use a booster seat? How long will they remain in one?
Are they properly restrained everytime they are in a vehicle?
Do they ever ride in the front seat?
Do you wear a seatbelt at all times whether you are the driver or passenger?
The older kids get, the more they want to sit in the front seat of the car. It is important for them to know that the safest place for them to ride in a car is in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.
Did you know car accidents are a leading cause of death to children in the United States? Of the children who died in car accidents in 2011, 33% were not restrained.
Here are some tips to keep your children as safe as possible while riding in a car:
- When kids outgrow forward facing harness seats, they still are not ready for the adult seat belt. Instead they should transition to a booster seat that enables the adult seat belt to fit properly.
- While in a booster seat, make sure it fits properly. The lap belt should fit low across the hips. The shoulder belt should go across the shoulder, not under the arm or behind the back.
- When your child can pass the Safety Belt Fit Test and/or they reach the appropriate recommended height and weight (generally 4ft 9in and 80-100 lbs), they will no longer need a booster seat.
- Lead by example. Children mimic adult behavior. Make sure you wear your seatbelt at all times as well.
This video demonstates the proper seat belt fit for a child in an adult seat belt without a booster seat.