2 Facts:Since the mid 1980’s, 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)
3 A newborn baby is not allowed to leave the hospital without an approved child safety seat
4 Infant Car SeatsThis seat is used until a child is 20 pounds and 1 years oldInfant should be semi reclined, not sitting uprightInfant faces the rear of the carFive point harness has two straps at the shoulder, two at the hips, and one at the crotch
8 Infant Car Seats Breastplate on the strap should be at armpit level Some have the option of using a base system that stays in the vehicleAlways position the car seat handle in the down position, behind the car seat
9 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 baby’s head will remain cradled and the whiplash motion will be eliminated, reducing the risk of a head or spine injury.
10 Convertible Car SeatUsed rear facing for babies up to one year of age and up to 20 poundsTurned around forward facing when toddlers are at least 1 years old and at least 20 poundsCan be used until the child weighs 40 pounds
15 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 4’9” in height.Children who are age 8 or older OR are taller than 4’9” must ride properly secured in a safety belt system.
16 What is the law? 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
17 The biggest mistakes made are… Not using a car seat consistentlyUsing an old or secondhand seatTurning a child to face forward to soonMoving a child out of their car seat or booster seat too soonNot installing a car seat correctly
18 The biggest mistakes made are… Not securing your child in the seat tight enoughHarness straps are twistedNot buckling the car seat into the carHolding a child in your lapLetting two kids share one seat beltLetting a child ride in the front seat
19 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.