We Support Car Seat Safety

The best way to keep your child safe in the car is to use the right car seat in the right way. But with so many style, size, and safety options, it can be confusing – especially with newborns.

Hard Facts about Safety in Cars
Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States.
Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.
More than half of car seats are not used or installed correctly.

Here are some car seat safety tips to help protect your most precious cargo.

  1. Buying the right car seat. Your baby needs to ride in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible until 2 or more years. When your child has outgrown that seat, you are ready for a forward-facing car seat.
  2. Installing your car seat. You’ll need to decide on using either the seat belt or lower anchors to secure your car seat. Both are safe, but don’t use them both at the same time. Once your child is forward facing, it is important to use the tether with the seat belt or lower anchors.
  3. Getting the right fit. A properly fitted harness gives the best possible protection for your child..
  4. When to change your car seat. Look on the car seat label to make sure your child is still within the weight, height and age limits for that seat.

For more information on how to choose, and use, the right carseat for your child, please visit: Car Seat College – Safe Start (safestartnw.org)