When we have children, it is common sense for us to ensure their safety when they are in the car. This is especially for toddlers and other kids that can’t help themselves. The road is not anyone’s friend when travelling, and we never know what could happen. Accidents are never planned, they just happen out of the blues. That is the reason why it is very important to ensure that our kids are always safe when in the car. The only problem is that there could be things that we did not know about car safety when with children. In this article, we are going to look at car safety, focusing on the common mistakes that we should avoid.
Getting a used car seat without doing your homework
It is important to check the car seat for the following before purchasing:
- The car seat has an instruction manual that includes the date of manufacture, and the model number
- Make sure that it hasn’t been recalled
- It is less than six years old and hasn’t expired
- All the parts are intact and there are no missing parts
- Has not been in a moderate or severe accident
- Make sure that you have its history
Placing the car seat in the wrong spot
A child’s car seat should always be placed on the back seat, away from the active airbags. You wouldn’t want an airbag smashing right into the child’s face and causing injury in the event of an accident. The child should also be placed away from wind or gushing air, since it could also cause harm. Deactivate any airbags if the child must sit where they are. The center of the back seat is the preferred spot for the child car seat.
Using the car seat outside of the car
The car seat is meant to protect the child when they are in the car, and should not be substituted for a crib outside the car. Use it for it’s purpose because sitting in the car seat for too long could affect the child’s health, such as the posture or breathing. The seat can also be unstable, making the child fall out of it and injuring themselves.
Incorrectly installing the car seat or buckling up your child
We mentioned instructions in the first point, and that is because they should be read and followed before installing the car seat. Ensure that the seat is well secured and facing the right direction.
All About All In One Car Seat Reviews
Still on car seats, it can get pretty tricky deciding on which baby car seat to buy. There are many makes of chairs all with different specifications, and deciding on the seat to buy could turn into a nightmare. That is the reason why we are going to review all in one car seats.
Graco 4ever All-in-One Convertible Car Seat, Cougar
This is a convertible seat that can be used for up to ten years, and can be used in both front and rear facing positions. It can be changed to front facing when the baby is between 20 lbs and 65 lbs. it features a high back belt-positioning booster and a backless belt-positioning booster, meaning that it will grow with the child. It is very easy to install.
Graco SmartSeat All-in-One Car Seat, Rosin
Used by children weighing up to 100 lbs. it can be used both rear and forward facing, and also as a belt-positioning booster. It features seat to base locking indicators to properly secure it, and a level indicator to ensure the child is straight. It offers a five position recline so you can recline your child even when they are in the seat.
Evenflo Symphony Convertible Car Seat, Porter
This seat is easy to install with the use of exclusive, auto retracting, SureLATCH connectors. The seat can be converted from rear facing to front facing and booster mode. It comes with an easily adjustable 5-point harness, and also comes with an upfront multi-position recline for added comfort. This seat has an e3 Side Impact Protection for less impact when in an accident, reducing the force by up to 50%.
Diono Radian RXT All-In-One Convertible Car Seat, Shadow
This seat comes with a full steel frame, making it one of the safest in the market. It also features aluminum enforced side walls and head support lined with thick EPS foam for a side impact protection. A SafeStop energy absorbing harness is also installed to lessen the impact on the child. This seat can be used by a child that is up to 120 lbs. the seat is relatively low, making it easier to place the child inside. This seat comes with a folding design that makes it easy to carry and transport.
It is very important to ensure the safety of children when they are in cars, and one of the ways of doing this is by installing child car seats and ensuring that they are used the right way, like we have mentioned above.