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Not only is wearing your seatbelt essential for your safety in a car, it’s also required by the law. The same goes for your children. Depending on their size and age, your child may need to be in a car seat rather than wearing a normal seat belt. Over the years, the laws and recommendations about children, seat belts, and car seats have changed as research has discovered what is safest for your little ones. So, here’s some important information, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you should know to help keep your kids safe in the car:
- When your child is an infant, they should be placed in an infant car seat that is rear-facing, meaning that their car seat is facing towards the back of the car.
- Around their first birthday, your child will switch from an infant car seat to a convertible car seat. However, they will continue to remain rear facing at this age.
- The NHTSA recommends that you keep your child rear-facing as long as possible and at least until the age of 3.
- Once your child outgrows the rear-facing position, they will remain in the same convertible car seat, but now it will face forward towards the front of the car. They should remain in their car seat until about the age of 7, or until they outgrow the height and weight limits set forth by the car seat manufacturer.
- Once they outgrow their car seat, it’s time for them to move to a booster seat until they are big enough to properly wear a seat belt. In order for them to wear a seat belt properly, “the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.”
- Up until at least the age of 12, your child should always sit in the back seat, regardless of their size.
- Ultimately, be sure to follow the guidelines set forth by your car seat’s manufacturer to ensure that your car seat hasn’t expired and that you are using it correctly and safely.
For more information about car seat safety, be sure to visit NHTSA’s website.
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