Child Safety SeatsFebruary 10, 2012 | in My Kind of Driving
DefensiveDriving.com has sections dedicated in all of the state approved driver safety courses that discuss proper installation of child seats. If you are taking the course for point reduction or for discounts for auto insurance, this information is covered.
Keeping children safe in crashes: choosing the right type of restraint
More than 1,000 children 12 and younger die in passenger vehicle crashes every year, and more than 100,000 are injured. Parents can reduce the risk to their kids by properly securing them in the back seats. With children 12 and under, there is one general rule: place them in the rear seat! This area will be safest for your children at all times and avoids any problems that can occur with airbags.
Never put a rear-facing restraint in the front seat if it has an active airbag. Starting with the first trip home from the hospital, put an infant in the center back seat. Make sure the child safety-seat is tightly secured to the vehicle with an adult safety belt and that the baby is buckled in snugly. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a video discussing child seats was well.
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