What is the purpose of a child car seat? Car Seats and Booster Seats
Car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children in a crash, yet car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. That’s why it’s so important to choose and use the right car seat correctly every time your child is in the car.
Why is it important for a child to remain rear-facing in a car seat? A rear-facing car seat will absorb most of the crash forces and supports the head, neck and spine. When children ride forward-facing, their heads – which for toddlers are disproportionately large and heavy – are thrown forward, possibly resulting in spine and head injuries.
Why children should wear seatbelts? More than half of teens (13-19 years old) who died in crashes in 2018 were not buckled up at the time of the crash. Seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.
What is the most common reason given when a caregiver does not properly secure a child in a proper car seat? Yet according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four car seats have not been installed correctly. The most common mistakes: Not tightening the seat straps, failing to adhere to the manufacturer’s safety instructions and using the seat belt incorrectly.