LINCOLN, R.I. - Even if you think your child’s car seat is installed properly, it may not be. As part of Child Passenger Safety Week, Amica Insurance is offering tips to help ensure that children are safe in the car.
According to SafeKids.org, child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent when used correctly. Amica is sharing the following tips from SafeKids.org:
- Begin by choosing the right car seat. Check the label to make sure it’s appropriate for the child’s age, weight and height.
- Keep all children in the back seat until they are 13 years old.
- For the best protection for the head, neck and spine, keep babies in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible. When they outgrow the seat, usually around age 2, move them to a forward-facing car seat. Attach the top tether after tightening, and lock the seat belt or lower attachments.
- Once the car seat is installed, give it a good shake at the base. A properly installed seat will not move more than an inch.
- Make sure the harness is tightly buckled and coming from the correct slots (check the car seat manual). With the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at the child’s shoulder. If unable to pinch any excess webbing, the child is secure.
- Register new or used car seats to ensure that you’re promptly notified about future recalls.
- Set a good example by buckling up for every ride.
National Seat Check Saturday will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, with car seat inspections occurring around the country. Certified inspectors will be available to provide guidance on proper child restraint use and installation. Check SeatCheck.org to find a location near you.