Car Seat Safety Every Parent Should Know
As the province begins to open and schools finish for the summer, your family may be planning for a summer trip. Now, as always, it is important to know as much as possible about your child’s car or booster seat in order to keep him or her safe. The following are important things you should know about car and booster seat safety:
Only Use Seats in the Car
A car seat is the safest place for your child to be while riding in a vehicle, however, once out, that changes. When babies sleep in car seats outside of the vehicle they are at risk for positional asphyxia, which is where the position of the baby’s body causes his or her airway to become blocked.
Follow Weight Recommendations
Seats are approved for use by specific heights and weights and following these parameters is critical for the safety of your child.
Avoid Bulky Clothing
Bulky clothing can compress in a crash, leaving straps too loose to keep your little one safely in his or her seat. Experts suggest dressing children in layers and removing bulky garments before strapping them in.
Do Not Use Third Party Accessories
If it did not come with your child’s car seat, do not use it. Seat accessories can void seat warranties and put your child in danger.
Cease Use After an Accident
If your vehicle is involved in a collision of any kind, consult guidance from the manufacturer as to whether your seat should be replaced – it may no longer be safe. For this same reason, it is important not to purchase seats second hand.
Always Use as Directed and Get Help if You Have Questions
Before using a seat, carefully read through its manual and your vehicle’s. When in doubt, seek help with installation. It is neither easy nor intuitive.
We wish you a safe and happy summer. Should you have questions for Siskinds’ personal injury team, we are here to provide legal expertise and advocacy with skill and compassion.
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