As a father of three young children who are all still in car seats, I found it astonishing that 84 % of baby and infant car seats are not properly installed. Proper car seat is crucial. Improper car seat installation leaves our children unsafe in the event of a car accident and more likely to suffer serious personal injury. It’s important to ensure your child is properly secured in their car seat to keep them safe. The following are a couple of things you can do help ensure your child’s safety in the event of a car accident:
Don’t buy a used car seat. A used car seat may have missing parts or was involved in a previous car accident. Older car seats also expire in 6-9 years. If you do however purchase a used car seat, please call the manufacturer to verify if it is still safe. Here are a few things you can do to help ensure your child’s safety.
- 45 degree angle: Put rear-facing car seats at a 45-degree angle. At this angle, the baby’s head is supported and its chin won’t fall to the check, blocking your baby’s airway.
- Snap then Wrap: Cover your baby with blankets or dress him or her warmly if it is cold outside. But, beware bulky snowsuits will be compressed in a car crashor car accident, and the baby could be ejected from the car if the harness becomes loose. Dressing the baby warmly, and buckling in, then covering the baby with blankets for warmth is safer.
- Center Up: The best, safest location for your baby’s car seat is in the center seat. If you have multiple children, any back seat spot is safer than the front.
- Double Check: Use free installation checks performed by certified technicians, such as local Ottawa fire stations or the Ottawa police.
And of course, ALWAYS drive safely !