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Car Seat Safety

South Carolina Car Seat Safety

When to Change Them Based on the Age of the Child

General Car Seat Safety Statistics

Age-appropriate car seats reduce the risk of death in a car accident by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers.

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INFANTS 71% REDUCED

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CHILD PASSENGERDEATH

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43%DECREASE

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TODDLERS 54% REDUCED

The use of car seats is a main contributor to the 43% decrease in child passenger deaths in car accidents.

Types of Car Seats

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Rear-facing seats

are specially designed to protect the spines and heads of infants.

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Forward-facing seats

are for children too old or big for rear-facing seats, but who still need harness straps.

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Convertible seats

are seats that can be adapted from rear-facing into forward-facing as a child grows older.

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Booster seats

are for kids old enough to sit in their seat correctly, with an adjusted seat belt for height.

age groups

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The most common age range for rear-facing seats is 0 to 2 years old.

Despite previous guidelines, rear-facing seats should be used for as long as a child fits under the weight and height limits.

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The most common age range for forward-facing seats is 2 to 5 years old, though the seats and straps should be used until outgrown

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The most common age range for booster seats is 5 to 10 years old.

sources

  • https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812494
  • https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0204-child-passenger-deaths.html
  • https://csftl.org/the-four-steps-of-car-seat-safety/
  • https://www.verywellfamily.com/car-seat-guidelines-2633328
  • https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Updates-Recommendations-on-Car-Seats-for-Children.aspx