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Is Your Child in the Right Seat?

Buckle Up Baby.jpgWe know seat belts save lives and the same is true for child safety seats. A child who is properly restrained in a certified booster seat has a much greater chance of surviving a crash.

According to a 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study, 35 percent of children under the age of 13, who were not restrained in car booster seats were killed in car crashes. But simply putting your child in a booster seat is not enough. If it’s not properly buckled to the car seat, it can break loose during an accident. What’s alarming is that the study found that 59 percent of children sit in one of these improperly fastened booster seats.

So how do I know if your child should be sitting in a forward-facing or rear-facing booster seat? When it comes to a booster seat, it is not a one-size-fits-all device. Out of the four car seat types, there are many options available. The most important thing to remember is that you will want to make sure your car seat fits your child’s current size and age, and that it properly fits into your vehicle. This process may seem quite overwhelming at first, but when it comes to the safety of your child, it’s worth it.

According to NHTSA, once you have chosen a car seat, you can get assistance with installing it you can get help at a car seat inspection station. Certified technicians will inspect your car seat free of charge!

There are many ways you can protect your children from harm. Choosing and correctly using the right car seat every time your child is in the car is one of them. Visit NHTSA’s page on the process of finding the right car seat for your child.

Learn more about the importance of booster seats at http://www.boosterseats4safety.org/