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Did You Know...???? (Car Seat Related)

Posted by on May. 26, 2010 at 3:47 PM
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I wanted to start a discussion about car seats, this is after all one of the most important safety devices that will help to protect your child in an event of a car crash.
Car Seat Safety is nothing to take lightly.

So let's open this discussion with some Did You knows...


DID YOU KNOW... putting your child in the car is the most dangerous thing your child does everyday?

DID YOU KNOW... motor vehicle accidents are the number 1 killer of children?

DID YOU KNOW... according to a recent NHTSA study, 3 out of 4 kids are not as secure in the car as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly?

DID YOU KNOW... you should replace your seat if involved in a car crash?

DID YOU KNOW... you can keep your little one rear facing past the age of 1 year old and 20 pounds?  You child would be 75% less likely to die or be seriously injured and it will give your child optimal protection?

DID YOU KNOW...  the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) is now recommending children stay rear facing AT LEAST to the age of 2 years old and 30 pounds?

DID YOU KNOW... children under the age of 5 in booster seats are more likely to experience head and abdominal injuries than their harnessed counterparts?

DID YOU KNOW
... children should remain harnessed until they are mature enough & big enough to sit in a booster, which is typically around age 6 or 7?

DID YOU KNOW
... a child should stay in a booster till the age of 8 years old OR 4 feet 9 inches?

DID YOU KNOW... children should not ride in the front seat (especially RF children), when a back seat is available, until atleast age 13?

DID YOU KNOW... you should not use both the latch and seat belt to install your car seat?

DID YOU KNOW... you should never buy a used car seat from someone you do not know?

DID YOU KNOW
... car seats expire?

DID YOU KNOW
... there is not a "BEST" car seat out on the market, the BEST car seat is one that fits your child and your car. It is not a one size fits all?

DID YOU KNOW...  when rear facing the child's harness straps need to be coming at or below their shoulders and when forward facing they must come from at or above their shoulders?

DID YOU KNOW...no bulky clothing or jackets should be worn while in the car seat.  If you have to loosen the harness straps to accommodate the clothing then it is to bulky and should be removed as it is not safe!

DID YOU KNOW... you should NEVER use a seat over the weight limit?  Also they have outgrown the car seat rear facing when there is less than 1 inch of hard shell above their head and when forward facing the child has outgrown the seat when the top USEABLE harness slots are coming from behind the shoulders or the op of the child's ears are above the top of the shell (whichever comes first.

DID YOU KNOW... you should not use any aftermarket products (meaning any product that did not come with your car seat) like bundle me's, car seat cover straps, head supports, custom made covers, etc?  This will void the warranty of your seat not to mention these products just are not safe to use with your seat.

DID YOU KNOW...not all carseats fit ALL babies, some convertibles will work for newborns, others will not, some infant seats are MADE for preemies, others are not.  For example a Britax convertible can not be used with a newborn, a preemie under 5lbs can not fit in a graco safeseat.

DID YOU KNOW...you can take your child and your car seat to a Certified Car Passenger Safety Tech to have your seat properly installed.  They will teach and show you how to do it yourself as well!  They will also show you how to buckle your child up safely as well :)  You can find a CPST in your area at: http://seatcheck.org/


So let's start the conversation, do you have any questions about any of the Did You Know's? Have a question in general? Do you need a car seat recommendation? Anything just ask! Also you can join the Car Seat Group, just click on my siggy, as well to help with any and all of your questions or concerns or just join to lurk and read the info in the group!

Some car seat techs and advocates will be in the thread helping as well so let's get it started!!!

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by on May. 26, 2010 at 3:47 PM
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dosthepost
by on May. 26, 2010 at 3:51 PM

BUMP!

bbmkfo03
by on May. 26, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Thanks. That's great info. I didn't know half of that until I joined CM and now my 1 year old, 21lb DD will be RF'ing to the max! I just thought 1 and 20 was like a milestone and was looking forward to FF her! Thanks so much for the info. I've passed it along to all of my friends!

La-Belle-Vie
by on May. 26, 2010 at 3:56 PM

I edited the post to add the last DID YOU KNOW..

DID YOU KNOW... last but not least, you should NEVER use a seat over the weight limit?  Also they have outgrown the car seat rear facing when there is less than 1 inch of hard shell above their head and when forward facing the child has outgrown the seat when the top USEABLE harness slots are coming from behind the shoulders or the op of the child's ears are above the top of the shell (whichever comes first.

La-Belle-Vie
by on May. 26, 2010 at 3:57 PM


Quoting bbmkfo03:

Thanks. That's great info. I didn't know half of that until I joined CM and now my 1 year old, 21lb DD will be RF'ing to the max! I just thought 1 and 20 was like a milestone and was looking forward to FF her! Thanks so much for the info. I've passed it along to all of my friends!

Welcome!  That is awesome you are rear facing past 1 and 20!

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ashleyrenee24
by Ashley on May. 26, 2010 at 4:08 PM

BUMP!

lovinangels
by on May. 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM

yep, I did know, but here's a bump!

teachmichele825
by on May. 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

I did know, but have always been curious....why can't you LATCH and use the seatbelt? I just use LATCH...

bright3y3s
by on May. 26, 2010 at 4:25 PM


Quoting teachmichele825:

I did know, but have always been curious....why can't you LATCH and use the seatbelt? I just use LATCH...


I am curious about this too.

mel600
by on May. 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM

bump and thank you for the info

teachmichele825
by on May. 26, 2010 at 4:28 PM

BUMP!

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