According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 150 kids between ages 0 and 19 are treated every hour in emergency departments for injuries sustained in car accidents and more children ages 5 to 19 die from crash-related injuries than from any other type of injury.
KIDS & CAR SAFETY TIPS
One of the best ways to help keep your kids safe in vehicles is to know and understand the appropriate age, height & weight limits for car seats, booster seats, and seat belt use:
- Birth up to Age 2 – For the best possible protection, infants and children should be buckled in a rear-facing car seat, in the back seat. Keep the seat rear-facing until age 2 or when they reach the upper weight or height limit of their seat.
- Age 2 up to at least Age 5 – When children outgrow their rear-facing seat they should be buckled in a forward-facing car seat, in the back seat. Use car seats until at least age 5 or when they reach the upper weight/height limit of their seat.
- Age 5 up until seat belts fit properly – When children outgrow their forward-facing seat, use a belt-positioning booster seat until seat belts fit. Seat belts fit when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and not the stomach. Also, the shoulder belt will lay across the chest and not the neck.
- Back Seat is Safest. Buckle all children aged 12 and under in the back seat. Airbags can kill young children riding in the front seat. Never place a rear-facing car seat in front of an airbag. Buckle children in the middle of the back seat when possible, because it is the safest spot in the vehicle.
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