Myths About Child car Safety
This week is the annual “Child Passenger Safety Week”. When you are driving with small children there are a lot of challenges that you have to deal with. Everything from making sure that you have enough snacks in the car to deciding whose turn it is to pick the music. However, by far the most important thing to keep in mind is the safety of your children while you are behind the wheel. Therefore, we have decided to take a little time to debunk a few widely believed myths about child safety.
Fact: Car seats have expiration dates
Hand-me-downs are a great way to save money on a lot of things. However, we wouldn’t recommend going with a pre-owned car seat. First of all, any car seat that has already been through a car accident may already be compromised. Also, the plastic from a car seat may degrade over time. Therefore, going with a used car seat may be risky. If you do decide to go with a pre-owned car seat be sure that you know its history and the expiration date. The expiration date for the car seat can usually be found on a sticker that is attached to the seat itself and on the registration card.
Myth: Seat belts alone can protect small children
Fact: Children under 4’9” still need booster seats
Seat belts do not protect children in the same way that they protect adults because they do not fit them properly. The belt can ride up along their neck or waist and potentially injure them in a crash. Therefore, children who are under 4’”9 still need booster seats while they are riding with you in the car.
Myth: A one-year old can ride in a forward facing car seat
Fact: Children should ride in rear-facing car seats until they are age 2
Children should not be placed in a forward-facing car seat until they are age 2, or until they are past the height or weight limit for the car seat. Children under the age of 2 are 75 percent less likely to be injured in a car crash if they are in a rear-facing car seat.
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