CHILD SAFETY SEAT CAUTIONS – THINGS TO REMEMBER
AIR BAGS – Take a back seat to air bags.
• Children 12 and under are safest when properly restrained in the back seat.
• An infant in a rear-facing child restraint should NEVER be positioned in the path of
an active frontal air bag.
• Air bags can cause serious injury or death to children, especially infants in rear-facing
REAR-FACING INFANT SEATS –“Straps that are loose limit use.“ Take up the slack.
• A harness chest clip should be positioned at the child’s mid-chest or armpit level.This keeps
the shoulder straps in the correct position.
TAKE OFF THE WRAPS
• A blanket should never be placed between the child and the harness straps,or underneath
or behind the child.
• Place blankets over the internal harness straps.
• Rear-facing infant seats should NEVER be placed in a forward-facing position.Babies
should ride rear-facing until at least one year of age AND at least 20 pounds.Oversized seats
REAR-FACING CONVERTIBLE SEATS
• Harness straps on rear-facing seats should be positioned at,or slightly below,the
• For a snug fit,adjust harness straps so they lie in a straight line without sagging.Place the
chest clip at the armpit level.
FORWARD-FACING CONVERTIBLE SEATS
• Child should remain in a forward-facing child restraint until they are approximately
40 pounds and 4 years of age.
SEAT BELT SYSTEMS
The lap belt should fit snug and low over the upper thighs. If it rides up on the abdomen, it could
cause serious injuries in a crash.
• Children should sit straight against the seat back.Shoulder belts should fit snugly across
• Never allow a child to place a shoulder belt behind his/her back.
• Always use the correct child restraint system.Never us pillows,books or towels to boost a
child.Doing so can compromise your child’s safety.
• Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions to determine which harness slots should
LATCH – Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children
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