To protect children from serious head, neck and spinal injuries during a car crash, it is important to use a rear-facing car seat for all children under the age of 4 years.
Studies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that almost 60% of child seats are not properly installed.
Child car seats must always be positioned in the back seat of the most stable area which is most frequently the middle seat. Never place the baby seat in the front seat of the car because during an accident, deployment of the air bag may seriously injure a child. Car seats should not move more than one inch from side to side when tested at the point where the car seat attaches to the vehicle.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, all children younger than 13 years-old should be restrained in the rear seat of vehicles. Michigan child passenger safety law requires that all children ride in the back seat in a properly buckled car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years-old or 4′ 9″ tall, whichever comes first, learn more here.
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