Child Passenger Safety Week is September 17 - 22, 2012. Even if you had your child's car seat checked last year, this week is a good time to make sure that your child's car seat still fits properly and will protect your child in the event of a Boca Raton car crash.
- Forward-facing infant car seats are designed for babies between 5 and 35 pounds (depending on the model). Premature babies may need specially designed car seats or car beds. Your doctor will be able to tell you which car seat is right for your baby.
- Infant seats are especially designed to support a baby's back, head, and neck. Many can detach from a base and can double as infant carriers.
- Convertible car seats are a longer lasting alternative to infant seats. They can be used rear-facing when the child weighs 5-40 pounds and then turned forward facing until the child reaches the weight limit of the seat, usually about 70 pounds.
- Whether an infant seat or a convertible seat is used, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children remain rear-facing child until they are at least two years old or have reached the maximum height or weight for their child safety seat.
- A child must be 4'9'' tall and weigh 80 pounds to safely use the vehicle's factory installed seat belts. A child who has outgrown his convertible car seat, but is still too small to use a seat belt should use a booster seat. These seats position the seat belt to prevent injuries to children.
- Combination booster car seats have a removable five-point harness that can be used until the child reaches 65 pounds. At that point, the harness can be removed and the seat can be used with the car's seat belt.
- A belt-positioning booster car seat can be used by children over 40 pounds. It does not have a built in harness, but works with the car's own seat belt. It must be used with both lap and shoulder belts.
- No-back booster car seats are popular because they are both portable and inexpensive. They are used with the vehicle's own seat belt system and are a good option if the child rides in several vehicles.
- Booster seats may be used with the car seat belt system until the child reaches 100 pounds.
Still not sure your child is in the right car seat? Visit a Palm Beach County car seat inspection station and get your car seat checked.
Boca Raton accident attorney David Glatthorn is committed to helping families protect their rights after a Florida car crash. Learn what to do if your child is injured in a Florida car accident in his book The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim. If you'd like to schedule a free consultation with attorney David Glatthorn, contact his office at 866-413-5525.