Most Common Child Passenger Safety Mistakes
• Turning a child from a rear-facing restraint to a forward-facing restraint too soon. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping children rear facing until 2 years old or until they outgrow height or weight requirements of their car seat.
• Restraint is not secured tight enough - it should not move more than one inch from side to side at the belt path.
• Harness on the child is not tight enough.
• Retainer clip is too high or low, it should be at the armpit level.
• The child is in the wrong restraint. Be sure the restraint fits the child AND the vehicle.
• All children under 13 years old should ride in the back seat.
DID YOU KNOW: that crashes are the leading cause of death for children from age 3 to 14? Using a car seat correctly can prevent many of these injuries and deaths. However, if car seats are not used correctly, serious injuries can occur.