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Car Seat Safety
Facts: Since the mid 1980s, child safety seats have been required by law for travel in the United States. (New Parent, September 2008) In Oregon % of infant-only seats are not used right. Only when used correctly can car seats prevent up to 70% of these injuries and fatalities. (Guidebook to Pregnancy and Childbirth) Motor vehicle crashes are the No 1 cause of death and injury to all children ages 0-14; there are 7 deaths and 900 serious injuries a day in this age group. (Legacy Child Safety Services)
A newborn baby is not allowed to leave the hospital without an approved child safety seat
Infant Car Seats This seat is used until a child is 20 pounds and 1 years old Infant should be semi reclined, not sitting upright Infant faces the rear of the car Five point harness has two straps at the shoulder, two at the hips, and one at the crotch
Infant Car Seat Examples
Proper Infant Car Seat Installation
Breastplate on the strap should be at armpit level Some have the option of using a base system that stays in the vehicle Always position the car seat handle in the down position, behind the car seat Infant Car Seats
1 year and 20 pounds? Most parents switch their children to forward facing as soon as they hit this milestone…. The Facts: Children are safest when they are facing the back of the car. Why? In a frontal crash, the babys head will remain cradled and the whiplash motion will be eliminated, reducing the risk of a head or spine injury.
Convertible Car Seat Used rear facing for babies up to one year of age and up to 20 pounds Turned around forward facing when toddlers are at least 1 years old and at least 20 pounds Can be used until the child weighs 40 pounds
Convertible Car Seat Examples
Booster Seats Used by older children as a transition seat before sitting directly on the vehicle seat Used by children pounds Some seats have a back support and seat belt guides
Booster Seats Examples
Convertible Car Seat
What is the law? Infants ride rear facing until they reach both one year and twenty pounds. Children over one year AND between pounds must be properly secured with a forward facing car seat. Children who are over 40 pounds must be properly secured in a booster seat until they are 8 OR 49 in height. Children who are age 8 or older OR are taller than 49 must ride properly secured in a safety belt system.
Buckle up it is the law!!! Click it or ticket The minimum fine for anyone cited for failing to use a seat belt in Oregon is $110 What is the law?
Not using a car seat consistently Using an old or secondhand seat Turning a child to face forward to soon Moving a child out of their car seat or booster seat too soon Not installing a car seat correctly The biggest mistakes made are…
Not securing your child in the seat tight enough Harness straps are twisted Not buckling the car seat into the car Holding a child in your lap Letting two kids share one seat belt Letting a child ride in the front seat The biggest mistakes made are…
Important Tips: Children of ALL ages should never be placed in the front seat with a passenger side air bag. Do not transport sharp, heavy, or loose objects in the vehicle. Any loose object can become deadly in a sudden stop or accident. Do not give children hard, long, or pointed items such as ice cream sticks, lollipops, pencils, or pens to play with while riding. Do not use a car seat if you do not know whether or not it has been in an accident.
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