Parents Still Aren’t Getting Car Seats Right

Posted on 10. Aug, 2012 by in Auto News

It seems as car seat discussion everywhere.

Starting before the child is even born, hospital educators often child-safety seat curriculum required new parent classes. In the news and online, parents often hear about changes child seat regulations. It is also often a topic of conversation in mothers' groups and play dates. However, the message could not get through, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. As children age, the study found a decrease in car seat use and an increase in children who are unrestrained in cars.

The study National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data collector uses trained to watch as families arrived in places like gas stations, fast food restaurants, rec centers and child care facilities. Data collectors asked many factors used by the child restraint systems and do the situation of children in the car. These data were combined with previously published national NHTSA survey on the use of booster seats.

Observed by the 21,476 children in the study, it was found that few of the new children's occupant safety meets issued guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011.

The safety instructions are:

Rear-Facing Seat: It is recommended that infants remain in rear-facing car seats until at least 2 years. The study found that "very few kids looking to stay behind after the age of 1."

Forward-facing seat: The guidelines state that suggested children remain in forward-facing child car seats with a five-point harness until they reach the maximum weight and size limits of the car seat manufacturer.

Seats: A child should remain in a booster seat until the vehicle seat belt, which is sized for an adult to fit properly as determined by a five-step test, according to the security policies. This is usually when a child is 57 inches tall – the average height of a 11-year-old – but can vary based on a child's growth patterns and proportions. The study found that less than 2% of children with a booster seat after 7 years.

Front Seat: It is recommended that children stay in the back seat until age 13. The study found that "many" children were older than 5 in the front seat. "Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 and send more than 140,000 children to the emergency room each year," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Sure, you can child safety seats be a pain sometimes. They are hard to get in and out of cars, and it can be difficult, willful children to keep on board with riding in them for a long time. However, if for no other reason than your child's life, the expectations set from the first day that your child must be in the appropriate seat for his / her age. My oldest daughter recently grew big enough to ride in the car without a child, and she is going into the seventh grade. Sure, she hated to know her friends, she was still sitting in a child seat, but I'd rather her little angry and in a booster seat than the dangerous alternatives.

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Car Seat Basics Part One: be examined Your Seat
Car Seat Basics Part Two: from infant to convertible seat
Car Seat Basics Part Three: Beyond the booster