One of the easiest ways to keep your children safe in the car is by using the proper car seat for their age and size. Unfortunately, using a car seat correctly isn’t always as easy or simple as it sounds. In fact, nearly three out of four car seats are not used correctly. Here are a few car seat safety tips to help make sure your children are as safe as they can be while riding in the car.
- Read the manual. Every car seat comes with a manual that includes step-by-step instructions on how to install it properly. Make sure you read through this even if you think you know how to install the seat.
- Avoid previously owned seats. While buying a used car seat may seem like a great way to save money, you may not know its full history. It could have been involved in a crash. Once that happens, a seat needs to be replaced. In addition, car seats actually have expiration dates—materials wear out and seat technology improves.
- Get the right seat. Make sure the seat you get for your child is appropriate for his or her age, height, and weight. New recommendations say that children should stay rear-facing until at least two years old. Use a seat that can accommodate your child’s size until that time.