Toddlers And Car Seats
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What type of car seat should my toddler ride in?
Riding unrestrained in a car is the biggest cause of death and injury among children. Want to hear a sobering statistic? In 2004, 50 percent of the deaths in kids younger than 14 were caused by accidents where kids were not using safety restraints while in their vehicles. Follow these tips on toddler car seats to protect your child from harm in an automobile.
- If you have a toddler, she most likely should be in a convertible car seat. The best time to turn toddler car seats forward is when your little one is at least a year old and more than 20 pounds.
- Use the LATCH system or the seat belt to restrain toddler car seats in your vehicle. A car seat should move no more than an inch in either direction.
- If your car seat has a tether and your car seat can accommodate it, it's a good idea to use it. A tether will limit the forward motion of a car seat in the event of a crash.
- When your toddler's shoulders are above the top slots of the car seat, she's outgrown it. Most children outgrow toddler car seats around four or five years of age.