In this two part article we’ll be looking closely at something very important for any family with small children – the right and wrong things regarding child car seats. As parents it’s our responsibility to ensure that we are doing everything possible to protect our children when travelling in the car. Firstly we’ll take a look at the things you should be doing.
1. In order to ensure your child’s car seat will yield the maximum amount of protection you must obey the manufacturers guidelines which specify the child’s acceptable weight and size for the seats design.
2. The restraints on the seat should comply with the latest standards. This ensures that your child is protected with the full benefits of the most up to date specifications and standards recommended.
3. Installing the car seat correctly is essential. You should make sure that the restraints are suitable for your car model. You can ask that the seat be installed by the seller, phone the manufacturer for advice or check on the web for more information.
4. Wherever possible, children should be carried in the rear seats of the vehicle. If using a child’s car seat it must never be placed in the front seat of the vehicle. The harness should be adjusted correctly so that it’s secure and snug but also comfortable.
5. Perform regular maintenance checks on the seats installation to ensure that the straps or other important hardware are in perfect condition. Any worn parts or potential points of weakness should be replaced at once.
6. Finally, try to teach your child how important it is to be securely fastened in the seat for each car trip and cover the seat with a blanket on warm days to protect any metal parts from becoming too hot and causing potential burns.