Car Safety Seats: Which One Is Best For Your Child

Car Safety Seats:
Which One Is Best For Your Child
Daniel Lopez-Uribe MSIII PCT
Car Safety Seats: Why Are They Important?
-Statistics Clearly Show that more children are still killed
as passengers in car crashes than from any type of injury.
-Knowing which type of car seat and how to use it correctly
Will help insure your child is safe in your vehicle.
Daniel Lopez-Uribe MSIII PCT
Car Safety Seats: Knowing the Basics
-ALWAYS use a car seat
-Read the owner’s manual
-The safest place for all children is the back seat
-Never place a child in a rear-facing seat in the front seat
Daniel Lopez-Uribe MSIII PCT
Car Safety Seats: Type of Car Seats
-Infant Only Seats
-Convertible Seats
-Forward Facing Seats
-Combination Seats
-Booster Seats
Daniel Lopez-Uribe MSIII PCT
Car Safety Seats: Infant Only Seats
-Only use rear-facing
-Use from birth or 5lb to 20-22lb (upper range depends on seat)
-These seats can have some of the following:
•detachable base from carrier remains in car
•handles for carrying child when carrier is detached
•seat angle indicators
•head support system
Daniel Lopez-Uribe MSIII PCT
Car Safety Seats: Convertible Seats
-These seats are bigger and heavier and can be used rear-facing
or forward-facing
-Use rear-facing until child is 1yr of age or weighs at
least 20lb (depending on model)
-Can be of four types:
•6point harness -6 straps: 2 shoulder, 2 hip, 2 crotch
•5point harness -5 straps: 2 shoulder, 2 hip, 1 crotch
•T-Shield: T-shield between legs attached to
shoulder straps
•Overhead Shield: Padded tray-like shield locks
in from overhead
Daniel Lopez-Uribe MSIII PCT
Car Safety Seats: Forward Facing Seats
-Only used as forward-facing for up to 1yr of age and
greater than 20lb (depending on model)
-Comes with lap only or lap/shoulder belt
Daniel Lopez-Uribe MSIII PCT
Car Safety Seats: Combination Seats
-Only used as forward-facing for up to 1yr of age and
greater than 20lb (depending on model)
-Comes with internal harness system for children who weigh
40-50lb (depending on model)
-Convert to belt-positioning booster for children that go beyond
The height/weight limit on the internal harness
Daniel Lopez-Uribe MSIII PCT
Car Safety Seats: Booster Seats
-Needed when child reaches the top weight or height for car seat
Or
-Shoulders are above harness slots
Or
-Ears have reached the top of the car safety seat
-A popular model is the ‘Car Positioning booster’- this model
allows the use of the car seatbelt with the booster seat
Daniel Lopez-Uribe MSIII PCT
Car Safety Seats: Things to Avoid
-Avoid car seats more than 10 years old
-Avoid using car seats that have been in a prior car accident
-Avoid seats without manufacture’s name and model number
-Avoid seats with missing parts
-Avoid seats with cracks or damage
Daniel Lopez-Uribe MSIII PCT
Car Safety Seats: For Further Information
-For specific information about installing your car safety
seat you may consult a certified Child Passenger Safety
(CPS) Technician:
www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps/contacts/
-A list of inspection stations staffed by certified CPS
Technicians is available at:
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps/cpsfitting/
The information is available by telephone on the NHTSA
Auto Safety Hot Line at 888/DASH-2-DOT (888/3274236), from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm ET, Monday through
Friday.
Daniel Lopez-Uribe MSIII PCT
Car Safety Seats: Why Are They Important?
-Statistics Clearly Show that more children are still killed
as passengers in car crashes than from any type of injury.
-Knowing which type of car seat and how to use it correctly
Will help insure your child is safe in your vehicle.
Daniel Lopez-Uribe MSIII PCT
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