The Importance Of Child Safety Seats
With more cars on the road than ever before and people driving faster than ever for even longer distances, the roads have become more dangerous than they were just a decade ago. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there’s a reduction of 67 percent in the risks of serious injuries if using a safety seat correctly. Because your child has a still-developing brain and spinal cord, they’re much more vulnerable to crashes. Not only are their organs not as protected but a baby’s skeleton is composed of cartilage that has yet to turn into bone. With all these factors combined, a potential car crash is especially dangerous for your infant, making a car seat all the more important.
Incorrect Use Of Car Seats
Many people think buying any car seat is good enough, but nothing could be further from the truth. Some common mistakes include:
- Getting a car seat too big or too small for your child, which means less security
- Having a car seat that’s improperly installed
- Having a car seat with a loose harness or safety belt
- Improperly positioning the car seat (such as having the seat face forward)
Many of these mistakes are well-intentioned; often, parents think that having a car seat, even one that’s not properly fitted, is better than not having one at all. This is true to an extent, but these common errors create serious safety risks that could endanger your infant or toddler’s life. This is why it’s important to be aware of and follow the most important guidelines when it comes to car seats.
Our Car Seat Checks
At Tri-County Health Care, we understand it can be difficult and overwhelming knowing which car seat is best for your infant or toddler and if meets current safety standards. That’s why we have certified child passenger safety technicians on-site to assist you as needed. We’ll make sure it meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213, inform you about any recalls and thoroughly ensure it is safe. We can also help with installation to make sure it’s secure and in the best location, as well as walk you through the proper way to buckle in your child. If you have any other questions during our car seat check, we’ll answer them for you before sending you on your way in full and complete confidence. Get in touch for more information.
To schedule a car seat check, call us at 218-631-3510.