As the mom of two, I realize just how important car seat safety is. We are driving around our most precious cargo! I distinctly remember when my daughter was a newborn how nervous I was about this very issue. Were the straps adjusted correctly? Was the seat I was using installed correctly and perfect for her height and weight? I was asking everyone from the rep at Toys ‘R Us to my old college friends what to do and when. When headed out on the road with my children, it was so important to do everything right- especially on busy holiday weekends where roads are more congested.
With so many families driving and on-the-go this 4th of July holiday weekend, car seat safety is top priority! Perfect for moms or moms-to-be, here are some tips for car seat safety from Safety 1st Consumer Expert Julie Vallese as we enter this busy 4th of July holiday. Be sure to read and bookmark as well as share with your friends!
Travel Safety by Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert Julie Vallese
The three most important things when choosing a car seat are:
· One that fits your child
· One that fits your car
· One that you will use correctly every time
You can accomplish this by:
· Have the car you will be using the seat in with you and try it out at the store.
· If possible have your child with you at the time of purchase
· Follow information in both the car seat manual and vehicle manual for installation
· Attend a car seat check for assistance in proper installation and use from a certified car seat technician
New rules for car seats using LATCH require understanding of your car seat’s weight and child’s weight:
· Car seats manufactured after February 27, 2014 are required to carry a new label with guidance on maximum weight limits for LATCH
· The combined weight should not exceed 65lbs
· Look in the manual and label on the car seat to identify the weight of the seat
· Look for a weight on the maximum weight for the child
· Know your child’s weight
· If the combined weight of the seat and your child exceeds 65lbs-install the car seat using the vehicle’s belt
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy July 4th holiday! Please pass these tips along to friends and family to help keep our little ones safe 365 days a year!