If you’re a parent, then at some point most every single day, your child will be in or around a car, especially in the summertime. You likely took the time to find the safest car for your family and learned how to correctly install and restrain your children in their child safety seats. Yet dangers still lurk in and around your vehicle that even the most responsible and cautious parents can overlook.
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Car seats advice
The American Academy of Pediatrics advising the following for buckling up your children:
• Children should be in a properly installed rear-facing car seat until the age of two or the maximum weight and height for their car seat.
• Young children who have outgrown rear-facing seats should ride in car safety seats with a 5-point harness up to the maximum height and weight listed on the seat
• Children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
• When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap and shoulder seatbelts for optimal protection.
• All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.