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15 Minutes for Child Car Seat Safety

Published November 7, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

One important step Binghamton parents can take to ensure the safety of their children is to see that car seats are installed and used correctly.

Here is a 15-minute child seat safety check from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • Right Seat. Check the label on your car seat to make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age, weight and height.
  • Right Place. Keep all children in the back seat until they are 13 years old. Doing this, along with correctly using the appropriate child restraints, greatly reduces the risk of injury.
  • Right Direction. Keep children in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible. When they outgrow the seat, change to a forward-facing car seat. Make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower the anchors.
  • Inch Test. Once your car seat is installed, give it a good shake at the base. Can you move it more than an inch side to side or front to back? A properly installed seat will not move more than an inch.
  • Pinch Test. Make sure the harness is tightly buckled and coming from the correct slots (check manual). Now, with the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing, you’re good to go.

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