Child Safety & Car Seats

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Resources for using car seats

Gone are the days when kids rode anywhere in the car, including the back dash between the backseat and rear window. Safety rules and regulations, both federal and statewide, guide us toward the safety of our children in vehicles. The purpose of child safety seats is to reduce the number of child passengers killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes. The seats function by absorbing and safely distributing crash impact loads over the child’s body while holding the child in place and preventing contacts with vehicle interior components or ejection from the vehicle. (NHTSA Report Number DOT HS 806 890)

Car seat guidelines to stay between the lines.

In making decisions about which car seat to use, how to configure the straps to secure the child, and ways to comply with the laws, resources are very helpful to educate yourself.

  • From the American Academy of Pediatrics, HealthyChildren.org provides at-a-glance information on car seat selection and use.
  • From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Parents Central guides you through car seat selection and use.
  • Safety Belt Safe U.S.A is the national, non-profit organization dedicated to child passenger safety.
  • Consumer Reports.org is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower customers to protect themselves. Their research and reviews can inform your car seat decisions.