Here’s the latest on child passenger safety from a Vanderbilt safety expert.
We all want to stay in the know when it comes to child passenger safety. The most recent updates to the American Academy of Pediatrics Child Passenger Safety Transportation Policy were published on Aug. 30. Following the academy’s best practice recommendations along with our expert advice can save a life and keep children from suffering severe life-threatening injuries.
Car seats are essential for children to ride safely in a vehicle, but what is the best car seat? There is not one seat that is best for all. The best seat is one that fits your child, one that fits your vehicle and one that you as the caregiver will install correctly every time. With motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of death in children 14 and younger, make sure that you are installing your seat correctly by visiting a car seat fitting station near you. Call to make an appointment.
There are other essentials to making sure your children are riding safely. One of the first things you should do is register your car seat, which ensures you will get important information on recalls. Another tip is to only use products such as padding or inserts that came with your car seat and have therefore been crash tested with your car seat. Lastly, children under 13 years of age should ride in the back seat. Surprising? Their bodies are not yet equipped to handle the impact from front airbags so the back seat is safest.
Remember, you need to set a good example yourself and buckle up every ride! Your children are watching you and will follow your lead. Learn more about the new American Academy of Pediatrics updates and what it means for you by reading the policy here. You can also visit our Kohl’s Stay Seat Smart page for additional car seat topics and information.
This post was written by Emily Roberts, Associate Program Manager for Kohl’s Stay Seat Smart Program, Injury Prevention- Department of Pediatric Surgery/Trauma at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
The Trauma Service’s Injury Prevention Program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt strives to reduce unintentional injuries among children and promote safe behaviors in the community. Click here to learn more.