Three out of four parents are not using their car seats correctly. Buckle Up For Life is trying to change that through education and assistance. Learn more about their top tips for car seat safety below.
“While it’s true that cars and trucks are safer than ever, a properly installed car seat can mean the difference between life and death in a crash,” said Del Castillo. “According to the CDC, car seats reduce the risk for injury in a crash by 71 to 82 percent for children when compared with seat belt use alone. That’s why Buckle Up for Life is so important and why I’m so inspired to keep expanding the program.”
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Car Seat Safety Tips from Buckle Up For Life
Keep Extra Materials Out – While it may be tempting to add additional materials inside your child’s car seat like head support, towels, or even a winter jacket, this can prevent the car seat and straps from being properly tightened. Only the original materials from the car seat manufacturer and a layer of light clothing should be used.
Check The Expiration Date – Car seats have an expiration date as wear and tear and temperature changes can reduce the car seat’s effectiveness. Be sure to locate your car seat’s expiration date and purchase a replacement if necessary. The expiration date can usually be found on a sticker attached to the seat.
Secure All Belongings – Don’t stop with just the car seat. Other loose items in your vehicle should also be secured so they can’t fly around the cabin in the event of a collision. The Toyota accessories department offers a variety of storage compartments and cargo nets so everything can have a place to go.
Additional Tips and Helpful Videos
For more information on proper car seat installation, parents can visit the Buckle Up For Life website at www.buckleupforlife.org. Car seat installation checks are also available in most major cities so parents can talk one-on-one with an expert to be sure they are securing their child properly.