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1 Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with The Texas Department of Transportation Safe Transport for Infants Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

2 The Problem Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children. Nationally, nearly half of the children who died in crashes were unrestrained (NHTSA). Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

3 Effectiveness of Child Restraints 71% effective in reducing infant deaths 54% effective in reducing toddler deaths 69% effective in reducing hospitalization need Children are 37% less likely to be fatally injured riding in the rear seat. Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

4 What Is the Best Child Safety Seat? Fits child  appropriate for child’s height, weight, and age Fits in the vehicle Seat that will be used correctly all of the time Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

5 Why Rear-facing for Infants? Babies have large, heavy heads Small, flexible shoulders Bones not fully developed Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

6 Rear-facing Increases Protection Seat absorbs crash forces Back of seat spreads crash forces along the entire torso Protects head, neck, and spinal cord Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

7 Important Read the instruction book. Mail in the registration card INSTRUCTIONS COSCO READ AND KEEP FOR FUTURE REFERENCE Rear Facing Infant Seat Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

8 Infant-Only Seats Rear-facing only Birth/4/5 lbs. to lbs. Some now go to 30/32/35 lbs. Most come with a base Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

9 Infant-Only Seats 5-point harness Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

10 Never use a rear-facing seat in front of an active air bag. Air Bag Warning Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

11 Keep a child rear-facing until age two or more. Make sure there is 1 inch from the top of the child’s head to the top of the shell. Install at the correct angle. – According to instructions Keeping Baby Rear-facing Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

12 Harness Adjusters Harness adjusters vary Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

13 Harness Straps Snug Straps should be at or below shoulders Straps must be snug Not able to pinch any of webbing on harness Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

14 Harness Retainer Clip Keeps harness straps on baby’s shoulders Always goes across chest from armpit to armpit Retainer Clip Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

15 Non-regulated Products Do not add: – Thick padding under or behind child or harness – Pads on harness straps Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

16 Acceptable Padding Receiving blankets/cloth diapers that don’t interfere with harness and/or shell contact may be used. Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

17 Carry Handle Read manual to determine correct position for handle when used in vehicle Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

18 Next Step - Convertible Seats 5-Point Harness Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

19 Rear-facing Convertibles Rear-facing until age two or more Safer to leave child rear-facing longer (to age two or the weight and height limit of seat) Current rear-facing convertible seats go to 35 or 40 lbs. rear-facing There are a couple that go to 45 lbs. rear-facing Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

20 Correct Angle Infant seats must be reclined according to the manufacturer’s instructions No more than 45 o Seat may have adjustment foot (infant only) or recline adjuster (convertible) May need to use rolled towel or pool noodle Older infant can be less reclined (approximately 30 o ) Always follow manufacturer’s instructions Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

21 Installing It Correctly Must be rear-facing Center position is safest IF secure installation can be achieved Correct angle according to instructions Read instructions in vehicle owner’s manual Contact technician for inspection Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

22 What to Avoid - Second-Hand Seats Seat involved in crash History unknown Missing labels More than 6 years old Cracks or rust Parts missing On recall list Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

23 Recalls Recall Lists on NHTSA Website NHTSA: – – AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE – DASH-2-DOT Child Safety Seat Manufacturer Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

24 What’s Next? Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

25 Resources Get a free safety seat inspection with a certified technician Locate a technician – Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service


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