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New Help with Car Seats

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On: Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 10:15AM | By: Karen Cook

New Help with Car Seats

I’m old enough to remember a time before car seats. I can remember a time before lots of things, but this article will focus on car seats. The first “restraint” that I remember wearing in the car was similar to the leashes you see some children equipped with in public places so they don’t get too far from their parents. It covered my chest and hooked to the seat belt but left me plenty of room to stand up to see out the windows. Its purpose I assume was to keep me from flying out of the vehicle in an accident. Luckily, it was never put to the test.

Things have changed since then and the safety of our children while traveling in a car is taken a bit more seriously now. Unfortunately, even in these times of having information and “how-to” videos for just about anything at our fingertips, just under 27% of parents can install a car seat correctly and 90% take their children out of a booster seat and into a seat belt too early.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is coming to the rescue though. They have created and released a Car Seat Finder tool which will help parents choose the right car seat by entering the wee one’s date of birth, height and weight. This produces a list of approved car seats with ratings on how easy they are to use and other useful information.

They also started the “Don’t Delay. Register Your Car Seat Today” campaign which helps parents register their seats so they will be notified if there is a recall. The site provides links to registration pages for car seat manufacturers.

According to the US Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, “Safety is our highest priority, and our new tool and registration campaign are two more ways we’re working to protect our most vulnerable passengers --- our children. Parents and caregivers are the first line of defense by ensuring they are selecting the right car seat, registering it, and using it correctly for every trip.”


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