Keeping Your Child Safe in the Car Seat

May 4th, 2013 by

Child-Safety-SeatAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number one cause of death of children ages 1 to 12 in the United States is car crashes. That’s why it’s extremely important that you understand just how important car seat safety is for young children. If they’re not old enough to use a regular seat belt, make sure that they’re properly strapped into their car seat.

The following are ways in which you can keep your child safe in his or her car seat:

  • Know what type of car seat your child needs to be in. There are different car seats for different children. Your child’s age and size will determine whether he or she needs to be in a rear-facing, front-facing, or booster seat.
  • Read the car seat manufacturer’s instructions. Following the directions on how to install the seat and how the seat is intended to be used is paramount to keeping your child safe in the car. Make sure the seat does not move more than an inch to either side after installing it.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, never put a child seat in the front. The best and safest place for a car seat is always in the back. Airbags are designed to protect adult passengers and there’s a chance that in an accident the passenger-side airbag may deploy, which could cause serious injury or even death to a child.
  • Don’t buy or use a seat you’re unsure of or one that’s been in a crash. If you have any qualms or concerns about a car seat, just don’t use it. If you’re unsure of where the seat came from or if it’s been in a crash, you’re better off just going and buying a brand-new one. Also, see what the expiration date on the car seat is. Most have a lifespan of six years, but it differs between manufacturers, so contact the company to be certain. Better safe than sorry.

At Biggers Mazda, the safety of our customers is of utmost importance. To learn more about car seat safety as well as car safety in general and the latest safety features Mazda has loaded in their vehicles, stop by our Elgin Mazda dealership.