Child Safety

November 1, 2016

Nearly 9 million children in the United States are treated for injuries in emergency rooms every year. These are often serious injuries that can affect them for a lifetime.  Too many families don’t have access to the information and resources they need to keep their kids safe from tragedies such as car crashes, fires, and falls.

Car Seats- Did you know:

  • All car seats expire, no matter which manufacturer made the seat
    • Check the manual that came with your child’s car seat or check the bottom/back of the seat for a the Date of Manufacture on a sticker
    • Most commonly, a car seat will expire SIX years after the Date of Manufacture
  • The harness should always be “snug as a hug”
  • Keep your child in rear-facing as long as possible
  • The top of the chest clip should be level with your child’s armpits
    • Why? Because the chest clip is meant to break in the event of a crash.
    • If you allow the chest clip to become a “belly clip”, it can cause severe abdominal injuries in the event of a crash
  • Always fasten the chest clip AND the crotch buckles
  • You can register your car seat to receive recall notices.¬†Click here to view The Child Seat Recall List

Is your child seat safe? Take The Ultimate Car Seat Guide to find out!

Check out the following links for more information on infant health and safety: