Making sure your children are safe on the road is a priority for parents. Alexis Keiser-Yawn, Injury Prevention Coordinator for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital joined us to walk through the recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatrics.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children in the U.S. and the anatomy of young children make them more susceptible to injury in a car crash. The AAP has determined keeping a child rear-facing until he or she reaches the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer is the safest way to travel. This will be all kids 2 and under, and some up to the age of 4.
o Buy the right car seat (
o Install your car seat correctly (this will vary based on car manufacturer, but make sure you use either the seat belt or lower anchors to secure your car seat & use the tether. Take advantage of car seat safety checkpoints offered by Children’s Hospital, as well as local emergency services providers.)
o Buckle your child in every time, using the harness and straps properly
o When a child exceeds the height & weight limits of a forward facing car seat, usually 60 pounds or more, move them to belt-positioning booster seat until they can use a seat belt that fits properly.
o Keep all children younger than 13 years of age in the back seat of your vehicle for the safest ride.