How many times have you been in a rush to get out the house and on the road with your little one? How many times do you think you’ve made a bee line to your car, shoveled the kids in the back and zoomed off to your destination? You’ve probably always made sure to strap on your seat belt. It’s pretty much an involuntary motion, because the fear of LASTMA is the beginning of wisdom. But did you ever stop to put your child in his car seat or booster seat? If you’ve ever neglected to use a child car seat before, we’re hoping these reasons will convince you to always use one.
Obviously, they save lives
Studies have shown that when compared with seat belts or no restraints, the proper use of child car seats can reduce the risk of injury, hospitalizations or death by more than 70 percent.
Babies are not just little humans
Child car seats have been specially designed to give babies and children adequate protection in an accident. The seats are created to reduce the risk of serious injury from a car collision. Child car seats have also been designed with the specific physical traits of children in mind. For example, babies have bigger heads and much smaller limbs than full grown adults. Also, bones and muscles in babies are not fully formed and more susceptible to injury than adults.
Strap them in
The seat belt in the child car seat is specially designed to provide a proper restraint system for the child. On the other hand, a normal three-point seat belt for adults is designed to restrain the adult and prevent injuries by spreading the forces of a crash across their ribcage and pelvic bones. This will be ineffective in a child who is smaller and short than a full grown adult.
A rear-facing baby is a safe baby
Parents often think that their child is at greater risk of leg injuries when placed in a backward facing car seat. This is a common misconception. However, kids are at a much greater risk of leg injuries when they are in a forward-facing car seat. In the event of an accident, their feet are bound to make contact with the seat in front of them. This results in a compression injury, which does not occur when the child is rear-facing.
This list could probably go on but we’ll leave this here. If you’ve cultivated the habit of taking child car safety seriously, more power to you! If not, we hope you start to.