How to Avoid Car Seat Tragedies?
The news recently reported about an avoidable tragedy in Indiana. An infant died in his car seat during a 12 to 15 minute drive because his straps were too tight. The child’s mother says she had not adjusted the straps since the child was born because she did not know how, and simply kept squeezing the child in with the tight straps. (Read the Full Story Here)
There was no reason for this child to pass away like this, as this tragedy could have been prevented. There are numerous resources, both paid and free, for new parents online.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a section of their website dedicated to car seat safety.
The site includes information on how to choose the right car seat, including a car seat finder that can provide suggestions for car seats based on your child’s age, weight, and height. It is a free resource, and can even direction you to the nearest car seat inspection facility where you can receive help installing or using a car seat.
Safe in the Seat is a website dedicated to car seat safety.
The site sells car seat courses and offers paid consultations to answer questions and boost car seat confidence. They also have a blog with safety tips and general help for new parents. Their Instagram page (@safeintheseat) also posts helpful tips for new parents.
If you have purchased your car seat, but lost the manual and do not know how to use it properly, don’t forget that most car seat manufacturers post the manuals for their car seats online. A quick Google search should help you find the manual for your specific car seat in minutes.
If the manual is too hard to follow, then YouTube is another great resource. Many manufacturers post how-to videos to show the proper methods to use their seats. Simply go to YouTube and search for your model car seat. Along with videos directly from the manufacturer, you may also find tutorials from parents. Just be sure to always follow manufacturer safety instructions for the best
Remember, there is no shame in asking for help, especially when the safety of your child is at stake. The NHTSA reports that 46% of car seats and boosters are used incorrectly. Inform yourself, and keep your child safe. They trust you to protect them. Don’t let them down.
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