Child Safety Seats

By: Anita Lafferty

Upcoming Event:

AMM Collision Center-Kyle is hosting an open Child Safety Seat Check Event in partnership with Texans in  Motion. Texans in Motion is part of Scott and White Healthcare, and is a non-profit funded in part by Tx-DOT. Their mission is to increase child passenger restraint use and reduce the number of deaths and injuries to children in motor vehicle crashes through educational programs, activities and check up events. All services provided are FREE.

Where: AMM Collision Center-Kyle, 21681 IH 35, Kyle, TX

When: Saturday July 13, 2013

Time: 9am-12pm

Certified Technicians will be on hand to make sure your child is riding safely. If your seat is old or does not meet current safety standards it may be replaced. Free event open to the public. For more information please call 512-336-3423.

About Child Safety Seats

Child Safety Seats can be intimidating. They are big, bulky contraptions that we rely on to keep our children safe. On top of that, every child safety seat manufacturer does things its own way, and every car’s seats and seat belts are different. Child safety seats, when used correctly, are very important in keeping children safe during an auto accident. Here are some very basic guidelines about Child Passenger Safety directly from the Texas Department of Public Safety website. Remember to always check your manual before moving your child to the next phase because every seat has different restrictions.

Phase 1- Rear Facing Seats: Infants: Birth – 35 pounds. Rear-facing infant or rear-facing convertible safety seat as long as possible, up to the rear-facing height or weight limit of the seat. Properly install rear-facing in the back seat.

Phase 2-Forward Facing seats: When children outgrow the rear-facing safety seat, they should ride in a forward-facing safety seat as long as possible, up to the upper height or weight limit (40 – 80 pounds) of the harnesses. Usually 4+ years old. Properly installed forward-facing in the back seat. NEVER turn forward-facing before 1 year old AND 20-22 pounds.

 Phase 3-Booster Seats: After age 4 and 40+ pounds, children can ride in a booster seat with the adult lap and shoulder belt until the adult safety belt will fit them properly (usually when the child is 4’9″ tall). MUST have a lap/shoulder belt to use a booster seat.

Phase 4-Adult Safety Belt: Once children outgrow their booster seat (usually at 4’9″, 100 pounds) they can use the adult safety belt if it fits them properly. Lap portion low over the hips/tops of thighs and shoulder belt crosses the center of the shoulder and center of the chest.

There are some other very important things to remember about Child Safety Seats:

They have an expiration date. You should not use a seat that is more than 6 years old, unless it explicitly permitted by the car seat manufacturer.

Register your child safety seat. You should always register your new car seat because the manufacturer will send you any information about recalls.

Do not attach anything to the child safety seat that did not come with it. It can become a projectile in the event of a crash, and can also void your warranty for misuse.

Do not use car seat if it has been in an automobile accident. Insurance will pay for a new car seat if it is involved in a collision.

Install the car seat using either the LATCH or the seat belt, not both. The reason for this is the seat has not been crash tested using both, so if something happens your warranty will be void for improper use. Seat belt or LATCH are both safe and correct.