Guide to Car Seat Safety for Parents & Caregivers


Protect Your Children‚ - Buckle Them Up the Right Way!

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 and 14. Failure to use proper restraints is a contributing factor in half of these fatalities. Follow these NHTSA guidelines to greatly reduce your family's risk of injury on the road.

Keeping your child properly secured in the car is so important for their safety. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that almost 500 children die every year on Georgia highways because they are not properly secured in child restraint seats or booster seats. You can help protect your child from injury or death by observing the four steps recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administratio (NHTSA). These steps will help you determine if you are using the appropriate type of car seat for your child's age and size.

Step #1: Rear-Facing Seats
For the best possible protection, keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible, up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat.

Step #2: Forward-Facing Seats
When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at a minimum of age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat .

Step #3: Booster Seats
Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly.

Step #4: Seat Belts
When children outgrow their booster seats, they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually around 80 pounds or when they are 4’9” tall).

Source: NHTSA, Georgia Department of Health

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This Guide to Car Seat Safety is presented by Atlanta, Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys, Montlick & Associates

At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law we are committed to helping you keep your family safe on the road. Unfortunately over the past 25 years, Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys Montlick & Associates has handled thousands of auto accident cases where children are injured and sometimes killed from not being properly buckled in. And so many times these injuries could have been prevented. That's why Montlick & Associates has created the Car Seat Safety Guide above. Parents and care givers you can help protect your child from injury or death by using the appropriate type of car seat for your child's age and size. Please, don't let your child become a statistic; buckle them up the right way!