Sitting Tight A Car Seat Overview

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Sitting Tight: A Car Seat

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Here are some statistics for parents: Motor crashes kill more ages 14 and under than else, claiming nearly lives and resulting in approximately injuries each year. The majority of those crashes within 25 miles of home, and occur on roads with speed limits of 40 mph or less.

frightening. Why are all these kids For the most part, it’s they aren’t buckled into the car.

For those of you Hey, I put my kids in car seats, news: Studies show 82 percent of those seats are not and used correctly. That’s in 2001, the federal government passenger vehicles and child to feature LATCH (Lower and Tethers for Children). LATCH, eliminates the need to use the car’s to hold down the car seat, was to standardize installation and reduce (Note that the LATCH only applies to vehicles a gross vehicle weight GVWR, under 8,500

Some manufacturers, such as and General Motors, have installed LATCH on many of its trucks and vans. All child are required to feature LATCH car beds and boosters.)

A LATCH-compliant has metal anchors, usually on the seat back or rear to hold the safety seat’s tether. It also has lower points in the seat crack the where cookie crumbs hide to receive the metal connectors built into the part of car seats.

Simpler, But Still Not Easy

In of the LATCH system requirement, a car seat can still be a confounding People still complain how difficult it is to ensure that buy a car seat that fits vehicle. The owner’s manual may say one but the car seat instructions may say another.

And SUVs and wagons have points that are located in the bay, making installation difficult and potentially interfering cargo storage.

An added arises for parents who carpool or who more than two kids. The vehicle seats (window are wider than the middle and the middle seat often LATCH-compliant. Trying to fit three car (even backless boosters) a rear seat can be a challenge, and impossible.

Further, the car seats fit into one car may not fit into another.

To matters, the widths of car seats by make and model, and can change time. The right place to go for about specific model is the child seat manufacturer.

Walker is training manager and advisor for Safe Kids Up, a non-profit education, outreach and policy program and part of the Safe Kids campaign She says LATCH is not as simple as it All in all there are still variations cars and child restraints make it difficult to use, she

It is still working the kinks

Turns out that what was to make our lives easier and has also created a new set of problems.

In America, we have a lot of choices, Walker. Each manufacturer can [LATCH] look whatever way choose. That means choices and more confusion for

The National Highway Traffic Administration initiated a study in 2005 to examine the use and misuse of the system. This study that many people are of the upper tethers available LATCH, as well as their and found that some don’t use LATCH because are unaware of its existence or feel with learning a new method of a child’s safety seat. The also found that accessibility in different cars greatly, and that tethers are not in the middle seat of a car (the place for a car seat), resulting in of the LATCH system.

Rest that older car seats do not feature the LATCH system are legal to use with the vehicle’s and are perfectly safe if installed

States of Confusion

Though regulation has helped to protect the children, each of the 50 states and the of Columbia has its own set of child occupant laws. The laws vary in age requirements, seating positions, enforcement and penalties. If you’re with your child restrained in one state, you might a stiff fine, but in another you’d get the proverbial slap on the

State laws have been regarded as weak, but to programs like Safe they are improving. About of the states have strengthened laws to require some children to ride in booster Some states now require car agencies to provide customers car seats.

Others require a public and educational campaign to promote passenger safety.

California by far, the best vehicle protection laws in the country. It all children age 15 and under to be restrained in manner. Children ages and under and weighing less 60 pounds must be in an appropriate safety seat in the back of the older than five who outgrown their safety but are still too small for a regular belts, are required to use a booster

However, this law only to six-year-olds, while pediatricians and safety advocates strongly booster seat use by children as old as

To find out the regulations in your go to and select your from the drop-down box on the right.

Dos and

Because state regulations so widely, it’s smart to go the letter of the law and implement best

The most important thing to is, do read the manuals both the and the car seat manufacturer’s. Otherwise you end up attaching your car seat’s to a cargo hook instead of a anchor. It happens all the time, and it protect Junior in an accident.

pull out the owner’s manual they want to learn how to use the but when it comes to occupant they don’t read it, Walker. Understanding how to adjust as simple as the shoulder belt the touch of a button can make the both more comfortable and

If you’re not sure if your car is installed correctly, have it Most people who work at product stores are not specifically to install your car seat. You can folks who are trained to do it right the time by going to a Child Seat Inspection Station. or your local Safe coalition.

Do take your and their car seats with you to the when you’re auditioning new cars. Is there enough for rear-facing seats in the backseat? might be an issue if you’re a compact car. And is there legroom for older kids in seats, or will they be kicking the back of your

Does each safety fit securely on the seat bottom or is it likely to wiggle around?

is, don’t put your kids in the seat . Since the most type of crash is frontal, the seat is the safest place for to ride. A study by the Insurance of Highway Safety (IIHS) that children under 13 are up to less likely to die if they are in the rear seat. Despite an estimated one-third of children improperly restrained in the front Front airbags don’t children, either, because were designed for adults. to the National Safe Kids 164 children have been by passenger airbags since

The federal government now requires manufacturers to begin phasing in or third-generation, airbags that if the front passenger is too light. But is intended more to protect adults. So don’t give in to the of your I’m too big to sit in the back

Mercedes-Benz has tried to get around the problem by developing its BabySmart It allows parents to place a car seat on the front passenger When used properly, the system automatically deactivates the airbag.

This may sound but airbag or no, the overall risk of is greater in the front seat. The time it makes sense to use the seat is when you have no choice such as in a two-seater Mercedes’ SLK convertible. But then, you consider getting a family car to the kids?

Of course, there always be questions that have simple answers, What about side and, What’s the safest in the backseat for two children of different to ride? For these answers and go to Safe Kids for frequently questions about car seats.


NHTSA has responded to the of car seat installation by rating car for ease of use. Thanks to rating system, car seat are now focusing on simplifying instructions, and labeling.

Car seat manufacturers are trying to win points with in a post-LATCH world by innovating in yet noticeable ways, largely in the of seat pads. Industry-leader for example, has developed seat that reverse for warm and weather and a memory foam reminiscent of Tempurpedic and other mattresses, that conforms to the And in order to help convince kids to use booster seats, TurboBooster’s seat pad now comes in a of styles and colors, some specific and with licensed

For the parents, many of Graco’s pads can be replaced if your (or children) outlasts the pad. The convertible car seats now have a pad that can easily be removed for without having to rethread the system (hurrah!).

In the end, are many places to find to choosing and using car seats, but one of the is the Web site of the American Academy of (AAP). There you’ll a comprehensive guide to using car seats and a list of new child by manufacturer and model. Take the to read it.

In addition to a few aha! you’ll have the satisfaction of that everyone is properly when you’re behind the

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