Paramedics Offer Safety Tips for Car SeatsAugust 25, 2017
Selecting the right car seat for a child is among the many purchases that can be extremely overwhelming for parents. It can be difficult to decide which car seat to buy when there are hundreds of models available that offer different safety features and come with a wide range of consumer reviews. Cost is another factor that parents must consider, as the average car seat can range anywhere from $200 – 600. A quality car seat can save a child’s life in the event of a car accident, but even the best, most expensive car seat cannot protect a child if they are not properly restrained.
In the United States, car accidents are the leading cause of fatalities in children ages three to 14. Many of these fatalities could have been prevented if the child was properly restrained in their car seat. If parents and caregivers are diligent about ensuring that their child is safely and securely buckled into their seat, they can avoid tragic and fatal injuries.
Restraints Save Lives
According to two experienced paramedics who are also parents, using restraints properly is a critical in saving a child’s life in the event of a wreck. In fact, in countless car accident sites involving children, they found that not a single child was harmed in a car accident when they were properly restrained in their car seat. Even in some of the most severe accidents where you would expect no survivors, including an incident where the car seat was ejected from the vehicle, the couple found that children remained unharmed when they were safely secured in the seat.
In addition to making sure that the child is in the correct type of seat and that the seat is installed into the vehicle correctly, it is crucial that the restraints are secured tightly enough. A child should not be able to pull their arm out of the straps, or lean forward while restrained. When testing a car seat’s safety, the couple uses a somewhat unorthodox method. They recommend strapping your child into the seat, then holding the car seat upside down while the child is secured. When you see firsthand how secure the child remains in the seat, it is a good indication of how safe they will be in the event of a car wreck.
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