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.
onBoard 35 Air +Infant Car Seat
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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.
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.
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.