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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Make car seat safety a priority

Car seat safety should be the priority of all parents.  Knowing the rules and regulations is important, as is understanding that car seats have an expiration date.  It is very important to be sure that your car seat is installed according to the manufacturers recommendations. 

There are four car seat stages, and steps to follow when purchasing and using a child restraint seat.

(source: Transport Canada)

The correct stage for your child depends upon their height and weight. 

When looking to purchase a car seat, make sure that your child fits the height and weight limit of the seat you are thinking of buying.  Use the above chart to see what is the correct stage and what type of seat your child is in need of.    After your car seat is installed, be certain to send in your product registration, so that you will be notified of any product recalls. 

I didn't realize that car seats had expiry dates or useful life dates until recently.  Child car seats can safely be used from six to nine years depending on the manufacturer.

Be certain that your car seat performs its best.  Don't use a seat which has been involved in a collision, even if it appears to be undamaged.   Car seat safety starts with parents and caregivers understanding the most effective use of the different types of seats.


Kelly said...

Great article Pam! And very important for those who are unaware of these recommendations. My daughter is 5 but is just a tiny thing and is still in her stage 2 car seat. We're 8 lbs away from stage 3. :( But I know it's all for safety so I'm happy to live with it.

Sheri said...

I completely agree. It makes me sad to see how many people's car seats are not installed properly.

Mommy Moment said...

This is so important. We even have an extra boosted seat at home in case we need to go somewhere with someone else unplanned.

Elizabeth FrugalMomEh said...

This is a lot of useful information... at her current rate of growth she is going to be in some type of car seat until she is about 14. :p

Brandi Yee said...

This is VERY important! People need to take it more seriously because the consequences can be devastating and even fatal if they're not used properly and installed correctly.

Bonnie Way said...

Great information. We've researched this every time we buy a new car seat, trying to find one that best fits our needs. Our girls are skinny so it'll take them forever to reach the weight requirements! :)