Did you know that 93% of parents leaving the hospital made at least one critical error when installing or using their car seat? While this is a troubling statistic, it’s an issue that can be easily addressed by spreading the word about car seat safety and proper installation.

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Importance of Rear Facing

In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seatrecommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two.  According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

Location

Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat.  If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middleseat belt to properly secure the base.  When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.

Car Seat Expiration

Car seats do have an expiration date, it is recommended that car seats be replaced every 5-8 years, or immediately after a crash.  The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats not as effective in the event of a crash.  Additionally car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change over time.  Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

Safeguard the Car

Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles.  Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.

GIVEAWAY!

Linneyville is giving away one Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air +Infant Car Seat in Germaine (color featured above)

To enter :

1. Mandatory: Leave us a comment letting us know what fact above you just learned and didn’t know.

2. Optional: Tweet (up to once a day) about the giveaway and leave a link to your tweet.

The winner will be chosen at random on November 1 at midnight.

Giveaway is open to US only 18+ and one entry per household.

 

101 Comments on Safety 1st Car Seat Tips and Infant Seat #Giveaway

  1. Stephanie Phelps
    November 2, 2014 at 5:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I learned that the recommended age for rear-facing is 2

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  2. Alex Roach
    November 2, 2014 at 1:13 am (2 years ago)

    I did not know the center back seat is the safest for a child seat

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  3. Fiona N
    November 1, 2014 at 11:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I feel scared when I read “The study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children said under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. It made me think that I need to check my baby car seat more often!
    Thank You for the great review and giveaway!

    Reply
  4. Deanna Middendorf
    November 1, 2014 at 10:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Oddly enough I learned that a car seat’s expiration is every 5-8 years. I actually thought it was 3-5 years.

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  5. Nancy
    November 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Here’s a fact Ilearned and didn’t know previously: When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.

    Reply
  6. Jenny Ham
    November 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm (2 years ago)

    According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing.

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  7. Kristin Goodson
    November 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Car seats should be replaced every five to 8 years.. or after a crash!

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  8. jeremy mclaughlin
    November 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Never knew that car seats had expiration dates.

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  9. angela higdon
    November 1, 2014 at 5:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I had no idea that the percentage of incorrectly installed car seats was so high. 93% is crazy!

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  10. Rena Hyde
    November 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I didn’t know the center of the rear seat was the safest!

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  11. Annmarie W.
    November 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I had no idea that the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat…I thought it was behind the passenger seat

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  12. Lisa R
    November 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm (2 years ago)

    A car seat has an expiration date? wow! I also never knew that a baby is supposed to face the rear until 2, another wow!

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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  13. Diana Hatch
    November 1, 2014 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

    I didn’t know car seats should be rear facing until the child is 2

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  14. Dawn Monroe
    November 1, 2014 at 11:01 am (2 years ago)

    I didn’t realize that if the carseat is rear facing there is a 75% less chance of injury or that there is an expiration date. I also didnt know that the middle seat is best. I guess I didn’t realize a lot of things.

    Reply
  15. megan tilley
    November 1, 2014 at 10:26 am (2 years ago)

    I didn’t know they had to rear face until 2, that is good! My little one is almost 3 months so this is all new to us!

    Reply
  16. jessica libby
    November 1, 2014 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

    I just learned about getting rid of all loose items that could become projectiles guess I need to clean out my car lol

    Reply
  17. Marilyn Nawara
    November 1, 2014 at 8:57 am (2 years ago)

    I had no idea that children should remain rear facing until the age of two. I thought that you could face them forward at 1 year.

    Reply
  18. molli vandehey
    November 1, 2014 at 8:31 am (2 years ago)

    the statistic abotu parents leaving the hospital with a major error in carseat installation, is super scary.

    Reply
  19. Rachel
    October 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm (2 years ago)

    I didn’t realize that car seats had an expiration date.

    Reply
  20. Em Mahr
    October 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I did not know that car seats should be replaced every 5-8 year

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  21. megan tilley
    October 30, 2014 at 2:04 am (2 years ago)

    rear facing until age 2 is now considered best!

    Reply
  22. Ashley Morrissey
    October 30, 2014 at 1:08 am (2 years ago)

    Rear facing is recommended until age 2! :)

    Reply
  23. Trasina McGahey
    October 29, 2014 at 9:28 pm (2 years ago)

    93%?!?!?! That is just crazy. I had no idea so many made mistakes installing the car seat! I also had no idea that a car seat could expire!

    Reply
  24. Holli G.
    October 29, 2014 at 1:39 am (2 years ago)

    I learned that 93% of parents leaving the hospital make a critical mistake with car seats. That number is astonishing.

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  25. liz l
    October 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm (2 years ago)

    93% of parents leaving the hospital made at least one critical error when installing

    Reply
  26. Allyson Tice
    October 27, 2014 at 9:44 pm (2 years ago)

    I did not know that- in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

    Reply
  27. Carly D.
    October 26, 2014 at 10:26 pm (2 years ago)

    I didnt know that the center rear seat was actually the safest.

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  28. Diane Cooper
    October 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I did not know that 93% of parents leaving the hospital with their newborn made at least one critical error while installing their child’s car seat.

    Reply
  29. Angella L
    October 26, 2014 at 6:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I learned that the recommended age for rear-facing is 2.

    Reply
  30. Connie
    October 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I learned that it is recommended that car seats be replaced every 5-8 years, or immediately after a crash. I had no idea you were supposed to do this.

    Reply
  31. Sharon
    October 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I didn’t know the center was the safest place for a car seat. We used LATCH with our first born and in order to use them, couldn’t put the seat in the middle. Glad to know we can use middle seat belt with future kids.

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  32. Ashley H
    October 26, 2014 at 11:21 am (2 years ago)

    I learned that car seats have an expiration date.

    Reply
  33. Neil Helmuth
    October 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I learned about expiration.

    Reply
  34. Melissa Teears
    October 25, 2014 at 9:30 am (2 years ago)

    I learned that children should be rear facing until the age of 2.

    Reply
  35. Krista M.
    October 25, 2014 at 9:02 am (2 years ago)

    I’ll be honest, I had no idea car seats had an expiration date!

    Reply
  36. andrea v
    October 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm (2 years ago)

    That they should face backwards until they are two. Opps! Our oldest was 18 months when we moved him to facing forward and has been for almost a year now! I thought it was based on weight. I now know better for our newest additions safety to leave him facing backwards!

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  37. Kaitlin
    October 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I learned about car seats being replaced every 5-8 years, which I didn’t know. Interesting read thank you for sharing!
    kaitlin(dot)boles(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. CHRISTINA DUTRA
    October 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm (3 years ago)

    I had no idea that placing that car seat in the middle of the rear seat was the proper way to place a car seat! Good to know for the future.

    Reply

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