Instead of guessing about your infant or child’s safety in their car seat and while riding in motor vehicles, take just a brief minute or two to actually review the most current release of regulations and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics this month:
Article: “Car Seats: Information for Families”
Last Updated 7/18/2017
Source Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families 2017 (Copyright © 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics)
Direct URL: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx
Which Car Seat Ranks Safest
Important tips and advice to keep in mind when deciding to get a car seat or decline include looking that all the tags, stickers and installation information is present with the seat, it is not cracked or broken anywhere and checking it’s age. Keep in mind that price does not necessarily reflect quality, nor safety.
” No one seat is the “best” or “safest.” The best seat is the one that fits your child’s size, is correctly installed, fits well in your vehicle, and is used properly every time you drive. “
At Mommy ‘n Me, we see many car seats trading hands and it is imperative to know the history of the chair prior to trade or purchase to ensure it’s safety. You can have your seat registered, inspected, checked for recalls and verified with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the USDOT. Learn more >
Important Car Seat Safety Factors
Information, both helpful and inaccurate, gets passed along in blog comments, support community posts, etc., but some things are important from the source, specifically safety-related information. Please note that the use of a rear-facing car seat is recommended until AT LEAST the age of 2 years as a minimum requirement. Preferred is until they reach the height OR weight restriction. When you do forward-face, remember that there is the lower LATCH attachments as well as the anchor from above. Children should not ride in the front seat until they are AT LEAST 13 years of age.