If there’s one thing motorists need to make sure of, it’s that any child who enters a vehicle travels in safety. A big part of doing this is using reliable car seats. The law specifically requires that any child under the age of eight be transported in federally-approved child safety seats. This means it’s up to parents to make sure that the car seats they use are strong and durable.
Don’t Take Safety Lightly:
Safety Expert Hallie Scheflin advises that “Choosing a car seat can be a stressful experience. Not only is it one of the most important purchases you'll make, but it's likely to be one of the most expensive… whether you're purchasing an infant car seat, or a convertible car seat, look for a model that has a 5-point harness, side-impact protection, and compatibility with the LATCH system in your vehicle.” Here are a few important reminders to consider when the time comes to choose a car seat:
1. Get a Seat that’s Compatible with Your Car:
The safety features on vehicles can go through adjustments and updates when new models are released. Before purchasing a child safety seat, make sure its installation features mount precisely into the specific vehicle you drive.
2. Beware of Loose-Fitting Seats:
Just because a child safety seat can latch into your vehicle, doesn’t mean you should assume it works. Jiggle the seat a little to confirm whether its harnessing is loose. If the seat has room to slide around, it will probably disconnect during the momentum of a crash.
3. Avoid Heavy Car-Seats:
Part of what enables car seats to work is weight limits. The combined weight of a car seat, and the child sitting in it, should not exceed 65 pounds. Heavier car seats are more likely to be jettisoned due to inertia.
4. Look Out for Expiration Dates:
When getting used or hand-me-down car seats, be careful not to take on a seat which has exceeded its shelf life. Some manufacturers assign expiration dates to child safety seats. These dates are a warning sign that the latching mechanisms may have eroded due to wear and tear.
The key to making sure you always use a good safety seat is attentiveness. Don’t just rely on the suggestion that kids eight-years and younger should be buckled up in one. Pay more attention to the height of the child, and their weight. Some kids grow faster than usual, while others remain diminutive. Use safety measures that work best relative to their size. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!