Four Tips for Carseat Safety

Four Tips on What to Avoid When Dealing with a Car Seat

Safety always comes first, especially when we’re dealing with our kids. You may be working on your baby registry and see all of these cute accessories that look really fun and adorable, but they’re not always safe to use in the car. Certified child safety technician and founder of Tot Squad, Jennifer Beall Saxton shares some tips on keeping your kid safe in the car.

Tip #1: Dads may want to protect their first baby, their car! They’re really worried about the car seat damaging the vehicle, so they get a vehicle seat protector. However, those can actually interfere with the installation of the car seat. If it’s too loose in the car then your child can be hurt in an accident. You want to make sure that when you’re using a vehicle seat protector, if you have to use one, that you’re using one that matches the brand of your car seat. You’ve got to be careful because the boxes will say “crash tested” on them, but all car seats have been through crash testing and they have to be crash tested with any accessories that are approved to use with them. Even though it says crash tested, it doesn’t actually mean that it has been crash tested with your car seat.

Tip #2: Additionally, you have to be careful with anything that attaches to the car seat because if that accessory has not been crash tested with your car seat, it could invalidate the warranty. If you are in an accident, the car seat manufacturer can say they have no liability because they don’t know how the accessory impacted the functionality of your seat. 

Tip #3: It’s really important to take precaution with hard toys because they can become projectiles. In an accident, you multiply the weight of the toy with the speed to find the force. For example, a 2-pound iPad, if you’re going 50 miles per hour, means your child could be hit with 100 pounds of force! Similarly, you should consider putting your cell phone in the glove compartment and if you have an SUV, use the back cover of your purse to avoid anything flying forward in an accident. If you want to give your child a toy, try the “ouch test.” If you tap it against the head and it hurts at all, don’t use it in the car.

Tip #4: Lastly, it is not uncommon for parents with newborns to buy head support or “elephant ears” so that their child’s head does not move around in the car seat. What you may not realize is that a correctly installed car seat is reclined to the correct angle to prevent any sort of issues with the head. Again, if the infant head support is not the same brand as your car seat, it could impact how the harness straps fit the child, pushing the baby up. Those straps could become loose and the baby could be ejected in an accident!

 A summary of the key points: Vehicle seat protectors, car seat attachments, hard toys & objects, and infant head supports can all present safety hazards in the car!

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