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The basics of car seat safety

When Texas residents get into a motor vehicle collision, they may worry that their child has sustained an injury. When young children are properly secured in their car seats, they are typically safer if a collision occurs, so it is important for people to understand the basics of car seat safety.

Many parents may not realize there is more to car seat safety than simply placing their child in the seat. Safe Kids Worldwide says it is also important for parents to make sure they have followed the basic safety guidelines. This means that parents need to make sure they have the correct car seat for their child. It is also important for people to make sure they install this seat properly. When parents place a car seat in their backseat, they install it incorrectly about three quarters of the time. It is important for parents to make sure they use this seat in the right way because it is 71 percent more likely that a child will survive a car accident when his or her car seat is set up properly.

Even when parents set up their child's safety seat correctly, there are still many things they can do to keep their child safe in the car. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is important for parents to make sure they keep a car seat away from air bags that might deploy in a collision. It is also a good idea for parents to make sure they do not transition to a different car seat too early. Many car seats have weight limits and parents should typically keep a young child in a safety seat until he or she reaches this limit.

In the winter, parents may want to make sure their child wears a coat in the car. A winter coat may actually decrease a car seat's effectiveness, though, as the safety straps may not fit securely around a child if a coat is too bulky. Parents should typically buckle their child into the seat and then drape a blanket over him or her.

 

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