Is Your Child in the Right Car Seat?
Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) want to help motorists find the right car seats for their children. The NHTSA now has a super easy-to-use tool on their website to help parents and caregivers find appropriately sized car seats for their children. All you have to do is plug in your child’s date of birth, height and weight, and you will be given all the appropriate options for your child’s age and size.
The NHTSA has guidelines posted for what types of car seat are appropriate for children of different ages and sizes. From birth to approximately 12 years old, it’s important to make sure your child is in the correct size and stage appropriate car seat or booster seat.
Rear-Facing Car Seats
- Parents are encouraged to keep children in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible, as this is the safest configuration. Depending upon your child’s size and age, he or she could be in rear-facing seats between the ages of birth and three years old.
Forward-Facing Car Seats
- When your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, it’s time for a forward facing car seat. As with rear-facing seats, forward-facing seats should also be located in the back seat of your vehicle. When your child is ready to move up from a forward-facing seat, anywhere between ages four and seven years old depending upon size, they should move into a booster seat.
Booster Seats and Seat Belts
- Continuing to keep children located in the backseat, the next step up is the booster seat. This can help to keep a child properly positioned in the vehicle’s seat, so that the seat belt fits them correctly. Children may need to ride in booster seats from ages eight up to 12 years old. Once your child is big enough to fit a in a seat belt properly without a booster seat, you can go directly to the seat belt only method. As always, parents are encouraged to keep their children in the back seat, where it’s safest.
After a Car Accident in California
After any kind of car accident caused by the dangerous or negligent actions of another driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.