New Study Reminds Us Just How Important Car Seat Safety Is

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As children age, the guidelines for moving to the next seating position remain the same. A child meeting all the criteria can graduate from rear-facing to forward-facing in a five-point harness, (it is at this point that the tether comes into play). After height and weight requirements are reached, the child can be moved into a booster seat. The site makes it a point to mention that this step is typically reached anywhere between eight to 12 years old and once the child has reached 4-feet-9-inches in height.

In the final stage, children can finally use a lap and shoulder belt without the aid of safety accommodations. However, all children less than 13 years old should continue to ride in the back seat.

September 23, the final day of Child Passenger Safety Week, is also National Seat Check Saturday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can provide car seat inspections free of charge. To find a location near you, including here in the Texas Hill Country, click here.

Although the numbers found during Safe Kids Worldwide’s study can be scary, the organization said that with education, they found correct tether use increased by 37 percent. If you are interested in learning more about the study by SKW, it can be found by following this link.

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