Car Seat Safety

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Car Seat Safety

According to safety.com, road-related injuries are the leading cause of preventable injury and death to children in the U.S. The good news is, a car seat (correctly installed) can reduce the risk of death by 71%.

DID YOU KNOW?

Your child’s Car Seat is one of the most important pieces of gear for keeping baby safe.

 

Is your child’s car seat as safe as it can be?

Road-related injuries are the leading cause of preventable injury and death to children in the U.S.; a properly installed Car Seat can reduce the risk of death by 71%. (safety.com)

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

*Know what your child’s Car Seat has been through.

You should be 110% certain it has not been in an accident, and that it meets current safety standards and guidelines.

 

*Car Seats are a one-time-use device. A Car Seat that has been in an accident has served it’s intended purpose and is no longer safe to use.

Follow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s guidelines; the NTSB recommends not using a car seat if it has been in a moderate to severe crash. The hidden damage may keep the seat from properly protecting your child.

 

*Insurance may cover the cost of a new Car Seat after an accident.

The insurance company responsible for your vehicle repairs may reimburse the cost of replacing a child restraint that was occupied during an accident. Check your seat’s instruction booklet for reinforcement.

 

*Car Seats have an expiration date.

Car Seats have a date printed on them and typically expire after 6 years. Call the manufacturer for clarification.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Parenting.com // SafeCar.gov // South Dakota Safety Council // Safety.com