Keep Your Child Safe in Cars

child car safety

Parents work hard to protect their children from illnesses, bullies and sports injuries. However, a leading cause of death for young kids in the United States is motor vehicle crashes. Using child safety seats, booster seats, and seat belts that fit properly and are appropriate for a child’s age and height is the most effective way to keep them safe in cars.Check this out :

Appropriate child restraints reduce fatal injury risk in car crashes by 58-71% for infants and 45% for children ages 1 to 4 years old compared with no restraints (NHTSA, 2023). Yet, studies show that many families do not use or install car seats correctly. Having a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) inspect and install your child’s seat and teach you how to use it correctly can greatly reduce this problem.

Car Seat Safety Regulations: What You Need to Know

Never leave a child alone in a vehicle for any reason. This can lead to heatstroke and other serious injuries. Keep rear fold-down seats closed/locked to prevent children from climbing into the trunk. Activate the power window lock switch if available to prevent children from playing with the windows while you are away.

All children under 13 years should ride in the back seat of a vehicle unless they are too tall for the rear-facing child safety seat and can be safely buckled into a forward-facing or belt-positioning booster seat. Check Texas car seat laws and safety tips.