We all think it won’t happen to us, but car accidents do happen, and always without warning. As parents we never hop into the car with the intent to “get into an accident”, and because of this we need to ensure that our children are ALWAYS strapped properly and safely!
The thought of getting into an accident is certainly sobering; something we don’t like to think about, although at the end of the day…we all want to ensure our children are safe.
Moms and Dad’s at Baby Basics last week were fortunate to hear all about travelling safe in the car from the expert team at The Children’s Furniture Gallery! Certified in car seat safety, they were able to answer our questions, AND let us know what MOST parents are doing wrong!
Did you know that 9 out of 10 carseats are not being installed properly, and/or the child is not being secured in the seat correctly?
This is a shocking statistic, and the scariest part is that parents are unknowingly putting their children at risk.
Jay from the Children’s Furniture Gallery explained what mistakes parents are making when they hit the road — and what all parents should be checking to lower this statistic.
1. Turning your child forward facing too soon. Did you know that children should actually remain rear facing until about age 4! In North America it has become the norm to turn our children around as soon as they hit the minimum manufacturers guidelines for forward facing seats. Read your car seat manufacturers guidelines to get more info about when you should be turning your child’s car seat. Still think a child should turn forward facing sooner? Read this great article about common practices in Sweden, and why they have the lowest fatality rate for children involved in car accidents.
2. Car seat is not securely installed. Another error often made is when attaching the car seat inside the car. In many cases, the seat is too loosely installed and not tightly secured to the vehicle. Your car seat should not move more than 2.5 cm (or 1 inch) in any direction at the base of the seat, right at the seat belt or UAS path.
3. Harness on the child is too loose. How tight is too tight? A common mistake is leaving the harness too loose and not having your child secured properly. Conduct the “pinch test”. You should not be able to pinch any of the harness webbing at the child’s shoulder.
4. Placing the chest clip to low or too high. The chest clip should always fall directly overtop of the breast bone. Children grow quickly, so this is always something you want to check to ensure a growth spurt hasn’t changed the positioning.
When in doubt, ask the experts! Did you know that if you purchase your car seat at The Children’s Furniture Gallery, you can stop by any time to have them double check that it is installed correctly. If it’s not, they will educate you on what you need to look out for every time you “re-install” the seat into your vehicle.
Didn’t purchase your car seat at The Children’s Furniture Gallery? No problem! They will still inspect it for a small fee and put your mind at ease.
Contact them at: 519-649-2590 OR send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit them on Facebook to get your questions answered!
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