One of the topics I’ll be covering this month is being prepared for emergencies in honor of Red Cross month. As a mom of 5 kids, I have LOTS of experience with everyday emergencies, and fortunately, very little with bigger emergencies like hurricanes, tornadoes, and car accidents. Though, I lack experience and preparation for the big ones, I do a little more each year to be better prepared.
Today, I’m focusing on car seat safety because so many of us moms spend a lot of time in the car with our children taking them to school, to doctor’s appointments, food shopping, sports practice, etc. Given the size of children, an improperly installed car seat or the wrong type of car seat can make a huge difference in how a child survives a car accident.
Car Seat Safety Checklist
- Buy the proper car seat for the stage of your child’s life. Know the laws in your state about older children and car seats.
- Check to see if your current car seat has ever been recalled – Car Seat Recalls. If you’re using a used car seat, this is particularly important. Car seats older than 10 years can be checked via the Car Seat Recalls Search page, also at safecar.gov. You can sign up for email notification of recalls, too.
- Make sure the car seat has been properly installed; do take advantage of government inspection stations. Most of the time, they are free of charge. Even a nominal fee is worth your child’s safety.
- Check the seat for proper installation on a regular basis especially if you have more than one child.
Why do I mention the last point? Because, I have had at least 2 child unbuckle their car seats (see picture above) without my knowledge. Yes, it’s a serious problem, and we’ve had serious discussions with the kids about leaving the seat belts alone. Ultimately, as the parent, I need to check the seat belts weekly to make sure no one has unbuckled a seat, even by accident.
Bottom line, if the seat moves, it’s not safe.
Because I love meeting new people and sharing, this post is linked to:Better Mom Mondays Linkup, Family Time