Experts Put Focus on Child Car Seat Safety

By: Jon and Taryn Vanderford Email
By: Jon and Taryn Vanderford Email

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury deaths in among children in Nebraska, and contributes to the deaths of 50 children each year. That's according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Some of those deaths could have been prevented if children were properly restrained in approved car safety seats.

Click on the video link attached to this story to hear from expert Peg Ogea-Ginsburg on what car seats are right for your child. And, if you continue reading here, Safe Kids Nebraska is offering five tips for parents and caregivers to keep kids safe:

Number 1: Kids ages 0-2: The safety seat should face the rear of the car until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat.

Number 2: Kids age 2 or older: Use a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, until they outgrow the seat’s height or weight limits.

Number 3: Once kids outgrow a forward-facing seat with a harness, they should use a booster until the lap-and-shoulder seat belt fits correctly, usually at 4 feet 9 inches in height.

Using booster seats protects children from seat belt injuries to the stomach and from being ejected in a crash. Children age 4 to 8 who use booster seats are 59 percent less likely to be injured in a car crash than children who are restrained only by a seat belt.

Number 4: When kids are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap-and-shoulder seat belts.

Number 5: All kids under 13 years of age should be restrained in the rear seat.

Courtesy: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

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