Car Seat Safety
The use of car seats and booster seats are meant for the protection of children while traveling in any vehicle. Your car seat will come with specific height and weight restrictions in their manual or on the label, as well as information about when to turn your child front-facing and when to change to a new car seat.
Here are some more useful facts about car seats and booster seats that will help you make informed decisions concerning the safety of your child when travelling in vehicles:
- Car crashes are the number one cause of infant/child injury or death.
- When caretakers use the proper car seat (following height and weight restrictions) in the proper way, the risk of injury or death is reduced by 70%.
- Once transitioned into a booster seat, the law states that children are required to continue to use it until they are 9 years-old or 145 cm (4 ft. 9 in.) tall. For safety, it is highly recommended that children use the booster seat until they are 145 cm (4 ft. 9 in.) tall, even if they are older than 9 years-old.
- Choosing a convertible car seat (one that changes with the child) will keep them in the rear-facing position longer, which is the safest position for children to travel while in a vehicle.