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Car Seat Safety. Facts:. Since the mid 1980’s, child safety seats have been required by law for travel in the United States. ( New Parent, September 2008)

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Car Seat Safety


  • Since the mid 1980’s, child safety seats have been required by law for travel in the United States. (New Parent, September 2008)

  • In Oregon 97-100% of infant-only seats are not used right. Only when used correctly can car seats prevent up to 70% of these injuries and fatalities. (Guidebook to Pregnancy and Childbirth)

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the No 1 cause of death and injury to all children ages 0-14; there are 7 deaths and 900 serious injuries a day in this age group. (Legacy Child Safety Services)

A newborn baby is not allowed to leave the hospital without an approved child safety seat

Infant Car Seats

  • This seat is used until a child is 20 pounds and 1 years old

  • Infant should be semi reclined, not sitting upright

  • Infant faces the rear of the car

  • Five point harness has two straps at the shoulder, two at the hips, and one at the crotch

Infant Car Seat Examples

Proper Infant Car Seat Installation

Infant Car Seats

  • Breastplate on the strap should be at armpit level

  • Some have the option of using a base system that stays in the vehicle

  • Always position the car seat handle in the down position, behind the car seat

1 year and 20 pounds?

  • Most parents switch their children to forward facing as soon as they hit this milestone….

  • The Facts: Children are safest when they are facing the back of the car.

  • Why? In a frontal crash, the baby’s head will remain cradled and the whiplash motion will be eliminated, reducing the risk of a head or spine injury.

Convertible Car Seat

  • Used rear facing for babies up to one year of age and up to 20 pounds

  • Turned around forward facing when toddlers are at least 1 years old and at least 20 pounds

  • Can be used until the child weighs 40 pounds

Convertible Car Seat Examples

Booster Seats

  • Used by older children as a transition seat before sitting directly on the vehicle seat

  • Used by children 40-100 pounds

  • Some seats have a back support and seat belt guides

Booster Seats Examples

Convertible Car Seat

What is the law?

  • Infants ride rear facing until they reach both one year and twenty pounds.

  • Children over one year AND between 20-40 pounds must be properly secured with a forward facing car seat.

  • Children who are over 40 pounds must be properly secured in a booster seat until they are 8 OR 4’9” in height.

  • Children who are age 8 or older OR are taller than 4’9” must ride properly secured in a safety belt system.

What is the law?

  • Buckle up it is the law!!! “Click it or ticket”

  • The minimum fine for anyone cited for failing to use a seat belt in Oregon is $110

The biggest mistakes made are…

  • Not using a car seat consistently

  • Using an old or secondhand seat

  • Turning a child to face forward to soon

  • Moving a child out of their car seat or booster seat too soon

  • Not installing a car seat correctly

The biggest mistakes made are…

  • Not securing your child in the seat tight enough

  • Harness straps are twisted

  • Not buckling the car seat into the car

  • Holding a child in your lap

  • Letting two kids share one seat belt

  • Letting a child ride in the front seat

Important Tips:

  • Children of ALL ages should never be placed in the front seat with a passenger side air bag.

  • Do not transport sharp, heavy, or loose objects in the vehicle. Any loose object can become deadly in a sudden stop or accident.

  • Do not give children hard, long, or pointed items such as ice cream sticks, lollipops, pencils, or pens to play with while riding.

  • Do not use a car seat if you do not know whether or not it has been in an accident.

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