Must-Hear Car Seat Safety Tips and Choices

  • Must-Hear Car Seat Safety Tips and Choices
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    Dawn Mayer with the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services shares tips and guidelines for how to choose the right car seat for your child.

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    This is KNOWTIFY. Take a minute for your health.

    Hi, I’m Dawn Mayer from North Dakota Health and Human Services. I’m here to tell you how to choose the right car seat.

    Car seat should always be selected based on the child’s age, weight, height, and development level. There are four steps to child passenger safety.

    The first step is rear facing. Children should ride rear facing as long as possible until the highest size limits of the car seat manufacturer.

    The second step is forward facing car seat with a harness. Forward facing seat should be used to the highest size limits of the car seat manufacturer.

    The third step involves moving to a belt-positioning booster seat. Kids can use a booster seat when they outgrow the forward-facing car seat with a harness.

    The fourth step is the seatbelt. A child can move to the adult sized seatbelt when it fits them correctly. The lap belt should lay across the upper thighs, and the shoulder belt should be centered across the chest. Lastly, kids younger than 13 should always ride in the back seat.

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