Parents in the United States are required by law to secure their children using a car seat until they are 7 years old or reach 60 pounds. But regardless of the law baby car seats actually help children survive accidents. Statistics show that over 1000 children die in car accidents in the United States each year. Strapping your child securely in a car seat will dramatically increase their survival should you be involved in a car accident.
Basically, all car seats that have passed the safety standards by the NHSTA are safe. Many car seats have this safety sticker so make sure one is on before buying one.
Never buy a second hand car seat. You never know what it’s been through. Always invest in a brand new one.
Always make sure that the car seat you choose is a right fit for your child and your car. If they do not fit correctly, it is still a safety hazard. So do a little research and some window shopping before settling on a specific car seat.
There are 3 basic styles of car seats. The first one if is suitable for infants. Carriers for infants and babies should be rear facing. Most carriers have a limit of 25 pounds.
The second kind is the convertible car seat. This kind can be converted to rear or forward facing carriers. For the rear facing setup it can hold a child up to 40 pounds. For the front facing, it can hold up to 70 pounds.
Booster car seats are for children 4 years old and up. Booster car seats use the car’s seat belt to secure it in place. There are models that are backless to make it easier for older kids to fit into.