Car Seats Continue to Confuse Parents

In a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study researchers found that overall the guidelines for child passenger safety are not being met.  The study found that:

  • Few children are in rear facing car seats after the age of 1
  • Fewer than 2% of children use a booster seat after the age of 7
  • Many children over the age of 6 sit up front

This study was based on 3 years of data from the NHTSA’s National Survey on the Use of Booster Seats.

We could only speculate as to why these guidelines aren’t being met, but we do know that we want the car seat confusion to come to an end.  So, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you the updated 2011 guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Rear Facing Seat: Birth-2 years of age, or until they reach the maximum height & weight for their seat
  • Forward Facing Seat: 2-7 years of age, or until they reach the maximum height & weight for their seat
  • Booster Seat: 8-12 years of age, or until they reach 4’9″ 
  • Rear of Vehicle: until 13 years of age

Hopefully, if just a few parents read these guidelines we can clear up some of the confusion and save lives.  Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 4 & older.  We know that child seats can be a hassle.  Especially, when you are trying to get them in and out of your vehicle.  And don’t even get us  started on how difficult it is to keep persistent little ones at bay when riding in them for long periods of time.  But, it really is vital to your child’s safety.  We can’t stress the importance of these guidelines to your child’s safety enough!   While it may be tough, it is best to keep your child in the appropriate seat for his/her age at all times.

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below.

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