Car Seat Safety Tips From Volvo Cars Tucson in Tucson, AZ

Parents and caregivers use child safety seats to protect their children if a crash occurs. Unfortunately, automobile accidents are the primary cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 13. To ensure that your child is protected, follow these child safety seat tips.

First, be sure that you choose a car seat that is appropriate for your child's age and weight. Rear-facing child safety seats should always be used for infants, and parents should try to keep children in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible. Forward-facing seats are suitable for toddlers, but you should continue to keep your child in the back seat. Most children who are between the ages of 8 to 12 should ride in a booster seat. This ensures that the seat belt fits properly across the upper thighs (not the stomach).

When you are installing your child's safety seat, always refer to the owner’s manual. Be sure to use lower anchor tethers if your child is under 65 pounds. The NHTSA suggests using a tether with forward-facing car seats.

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