Children - Car Seats & Airbag Safety
alarming figure from the National Safe Kids Campaign:
As of December 1, 1998, 68
children have been killed by passenger air bags. More than 20 percent of these
deaths were among infants in rear-facing child safety seats in front of a
passenger air bag. An additional 70 percent were either unrestrained or
improperly restrained at the time of the crash.
DID YOU KNOW?
- In 1997, more than
282,000 children ages 14 and under were injured as occupants in motor
vehicle-related crashes. Children ages 4 and under accounted for nearly 30
percent of these childhood motor vehicle occupant injuries.
- Seventy-five percent of
motor vehicle crashes occur within 25 miles of home. In addition, 60 percent
of crashes occur on roads with posted speed limits of 40 mph or less.
- The back seat is the
safest place for children to ride. It is estimated that children ages 12 and
under are 36 percent less likely to die in a crash if seated in the rear
seat of a passenger vehicle.
- Thanks to the National
SAFE KIDS Website for these statistics. Please visit them for more
Make sure your current car seat
hasn't been recalled!
Here for a list of recalled seats.
Car Safety Question:
When can I move my child
into a booster seat?
Not until he has
completely outgrown his regular safety seat -- when he weighs more than 40
pounds or is too tall for it. He is too tall if his shoulders are higher than
the top set of harness slots or if the tips of her ears are above the back of
the safety seat. If he is too tall for his convertible seat but still weighs
less than 40 pounds, switch to a child-seat/booster. These seats are slightly
taller and can be used with the built-in harness for children up to 40 pounds
and later as a belt positioning booster, with lap AND shoulder belt, for
children up to 60-100 pounds.
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