Child Safety Essay

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Child Safety


Child safety seats can reduce the risk of a potentially fatal injury by 69% for babies
younger than 1 year old and by 47% for 1- to 4-year-old children. Yet 80% of all safety
seats are used incorrectly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA).



When choosing any car seat, there are important general


Infant-only seats are designed to protect babies from birth until they reach 20 pounds
(sometimes more, depending on the model). They always face toward the rear. Infant-only
seats often fit a newborn baby best and can be the optimal choice if you have the
resources to buy another seat when your child grows larger. Many infant-only safety seats
are also very convenient, since they are designed to double as carriers, chairs, or
rockers when not used in the car. Many models detach right from the base, allowing you to
leave the base installed in the car.



A baby who weighs 20 pounds but has not yet reached 1 year of age should still ride in a
rear-facing seat, because his neck is not strong



Convertible seats are designed to protect children from birth up to 40 pounds. Convertible
seats are the only type of seats that are placed in different positions depending on your
child's age: they face toward the rear until your baby is 20 pounds and 1 year old, and
can be turned to face forward after that. (However, many of the convertible seats on the
market allow a child to remain rear-facing up to 30-35 pounds.)



Booster Seats (Between 40 and 80 Pounds)
When your child reaches the maximum weight allowed for his car seat, or his ears have
reached the top of the car seat, you'll need to switch to a booster seat. Booster seats
are designed for children who have outgrown convertible safety seats but are still too
small to be properly restrained by the vehicle's seat belts. Seven states have passed laws
requiring booster seats for children up to 8 years old and 80 pounds.



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