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Child Passenger Safety Week with Safety 1st‏



Did you know Sept. 14-20 is Child Passenger Safety Week, with September 20th being National Seat Check Saturday?  Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old, and often times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of child restraints and seat belts.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the goal of Child Passenger Safety week is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing children (ages 0-12) in the best car restraint (rear-facing, forward-facing, booster, seat belt) for age and size.

Safety 1st wants to share some Car Seat Safety Tips with you from the experts at Safety 1st.


Importance of Rear Facing

In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat recommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two. According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

Location

Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat.  If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base.  When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.

Car Seat Expiration

Car seats do have an expiration date, it is recommended that car seats be replaced every 5-8 years, or immediately after a crash.  The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats not as effective in the event of a crash.  Additionally car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change over time.  Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

Safeguard the Car

Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles.  Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.


Child Safety Seats by Safety 1st

onBoard 35 Air +Infant Car Seat
Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of the Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for superior protection around the torso. TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection.

Advanced SE 65 Air +Convertible Car Seat
For children from 5-65 pounds. In addition to Air Protect +, the Advance 65 Air + uses a steel-reinforced metal frame for extra stability and includes a 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your vehicle. We’ve also included color-coded belt paths and installation labels to help you install it quickly and correctly.

Summit® Booster Car Seat
Forward-facing: 22-40 pounds with Belt-positioning at 40-100 pound.  Fully loaded with ease-of-use features that parents will appreciate: Like the 4-position QuickFit™ headrest which adjusts without the need for rethreading and a 5-point safety harness with Center Front Adjust.

Incognito Kid Positioning Seat
A new category for car seats. The goal for Safety 1st is to help educate parents that any child under 4’9” (57”) in height should still be in a belt positioning seat. The Incognito blends into the car and prevents slouching to ensure comfortable and proper positioning of the seat belt.  The introduction of this seat has helped to extending child restraints to accommodate children 60 to 120 lbs. and up to 60 inches.

I encourage those of you with car seats installed to get your car seats checked. You can click here to find a car seat safety check near you.

Annmarie John
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  1. I had no idea car seats had an expiration date! Wow! Thanks for sharing this important info with us!

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  2. Those are all great tips. I only had my boys read facing until they were about 5 or 6 months because their legs were squished.

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  3. Wow i didn't know car seats had expiration dates. That is very important information to know.

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  4. Such important information here. I had no idea car seats had an expiration date.

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  5. I didn't know car seats had expirations. Something for new parents to really be aware of. Great information!

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  6. We have been thinking about this alot in our house. Which ones to buy, how to make sure they are attached properly and so on. My daughter is having twins so finding the right kind has been a mission of ours for a little while now.

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  7. What some great hints and tips - I have to admit I have no idea about child seats as all. x

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  8. We do monthly checks of our car seat. They can easily come loose from just day to day driving and children wiggling in them. There are a lot of free clinics to go to where they will check them for you.

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  9. This is such important information. It never hurts to have a refresher. Amber N

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  10. It wash;t so long ago that I needed these car seats for my kids also. Anyways I did check them often and remembered the expiry date. We had some really great training on that from our local Children's Aid Society. When you adopt you have to do some trainings and one of those trainings is car seat use.

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  11. There is so much to know about using a car seat properly. I think every new parent should be required to attend a car seat clinic.

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  12. Great tips!! Reminders are always a great especially for newer moms or grandparents.

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  13. I've always been very concerned with making sure our car seats were properly installed and the right size for our kids. It's so important to put the safety of our children first.

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  14. Just like almost everyone here I had no idea that car seats had expiration dates. Go figure! I guess everything expires eventually. This is great information for those with car seats.

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  15. I knew you had to change them after an accident. However, I had no idea they had expiration dates. I'm pretty sure I didn't have mine long enough to go past the dates, but still, I wish I'd known.

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  16. Great information in this post. You reminded me that I need to check the expiration on two of the car seats we have. Thank you!

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  17. I think my daughter may need a new car seat soon. Thanks for a great suggestions.

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  18. Great tips. I wish you could have a car seat inspected for warping because really that can happen at any time.

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  19. My son is almost to the point where he doesn't need a booster anymore. I'm kind of happy that he doesn't really want to give it up though. He likes the convenience of his cup holder, lol! These are great tips, especially for new parents!

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  20. My 5 year old was in a regular booster, and I just moved him back into the booster with the side impact protection. I've seen too many accidents since moving to Florida and don't want to take any chances. I'm keeping my kids in these seats until they outgrow the requirements!

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  21. Car seat safety is such a important topic. You always need to know the latest guidelines when purchasing a new car seat.

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  22. I'm so glad kiddo finally got tall enough that she no longer needs seats and boosters. Now I look forward to the day she can sit in the front seat so I don't always feel like I am "Driving Ms. Daisy" LOL

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  23. Our state makes you keep the kiddos in a seat or booster until they are 8 yrs old or 4ft. 9in. tall. That's a LOT different than Florida, but I don't mind a bit!

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  24. Thanks for sharing these tips! I have to get a new car seat for my toddler!

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  25. Thanks for these tips. I will have to share with my sister who is expecting her first baby. I learned a few new things here

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  26. Great tips! Would come in handy for my young nieces and nephews.

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  27. Thankfully my girls don't need car seats anymore. But I remember being so safety aware when they were little. Thank you for these tips.

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  28. This is great information! I was getting ready to transition my daughter to a booster and we have one someone gave us but I'm thinking it is probably expired and I had not thought about that. Will check out the one you linked here!

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  29. We always say, "Safety First!" Keeping the kids buckled properly in the car is number on worry when we are getting in for a drive. Its so important to remind everyone of safety rules.

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  30. Those are some great tips by Safety First. Good to know that they are doing all they can to help out with such an important week and month.

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  31. This is such great information! I am so glad that you are bringing awareness to such an important topic!

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