Monday, May 18, 2009

Car Seat Safety

I just watched a couple of you tube videos that reminded me of why proper use of car seats are so important. Most cities will have places you can take your car, car seat, and child to and they'll ensure that the seat is properly installed, that your child fits the seat properly, and that you know how to properly tighten the straps. Use this service! It may save your child's life!

Even if you ensure that your child is always properly strapped into their car seat, there is one thing that you may not be aware seats expire. Even if they are look brand new still, an expired car seat is potentially dangerous. Plastic gets brittle with time, especially when subjected to extreme heat and cold such as that which occurs in many cars. You can't always see this damage. Brittle plastic means the harness can break right through the shell of the seat with the force of an accident, letting your child fly out of it. Check out this youtube video showing what can happen.

You can find the expiration date on the back or bottom of the car seat. For most car seats, the expiration date is 6 years after the manufacture date, not the date you bought it. If there's any doubt, call the manufacturer.

And please, never ever ever, ride with a child in your arms. This video shows the devastating results in an accident.

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