Car seats are not something people typically think about until they’re left at a gas station. Yet, every parent needs to ensure they are properly secured in their car. When traveling, it’s especially important, as children are always at risk for injury if they are not restrained in a car seat. And while certain car seats have been recalled due to safety problems, all car seats installed and used correctly can be safe.
It’s summer, and with more time outdoors comes more road trips. But before you pack up your bags and let your kids run wild, make sure they stay as safe as possible. It’s especially important to keep babies and toddlers safe inside a car when temperatures are rising, and the air inside is thick with humidity. That’s why the American Automobile Association (AAA) created their “Baby Safely in a Car” campaign, which offers tips for keeping the temperature in the car cool while your baby is snoozing away.
So, Where Is the Safest Spot for Babies Inside a Car?
While experts recommend that you buckle your baby into their car seat right before you leave on your trip, you should also take the time to check your baby’s car seat before each trip. These quick checks will make sure all straps are secure, the car seat is correctly installed, and is not damaged.
The safest spot for a baby to ride in a car is in the back seat, or as an option, in a child safety seat, not in the front seat. However, even the safest seats aren’t immune to injury if a child is unsecured, so parents and caregivers need to keep their baby buckled up no matter where the children are sitting.
Pregnant women and new moms know that babies should never be left strapped in their car seats for more than a few minutes. But is there really a safe, legal spot to place them in their car seats? Apparently not. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is advising against using car seats as child safety seats, stating that doing so can crush a baby, leading to injury or death during a car crash. Generally, car seats should only be used in vehicles, and even then, only when the vehicle’s passenger-side airbag is turned off.
For a long time, parents have worried about their child’s safety when in the car. Despite this, many people still don’t follow the basic guidelines put in place by the Federal Highway Administration: never place an infant in the front seat, and do not place a rear-facing infant seat in the front seat.
Car accidents are afoot, and babies are the victims. The safest place for babies when riding is in the back seat, but parents often forget to put them there. This poses a problem since, in 2016, rear car seat accidents were the leading cause of child fatalities. It’s understandable: it’s easier for adults to see babies in the backseat, and it’s easier to move them around. Car seats also are more accessible, and babies seem to enjoy the extra space.
Many parents are concerned about the safety of their infants and young children in cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sets the rules regarding child safety seats, but it does not regulate the use of any other safety devices, including baby carriers. Therefore, if parents want to use a car seat or baby carrier in their cars—or any other child safety device—they are responsible for confirming that the product meets federal safety requirements and making certain it is safe for their baby or young child.
Baby car seats are a requirement for every infant and toddler traveling in a car. Unfortunately, though, infant car seat safety rules are not written in concrete. Some states have stricter car seat laws than others, which means that the safest spot for your infant or toddler may be one state over. This is why it is so important for all drivers to abide by the car seat laws and take extra precautions if required.
As parents, it’s natural to worry about the safety of your children, especially as they get older. And keeping them safe in dangerous situations is a top priority. That’s why it’s helpful to know how to keep babies safe inside the car. You’re not only going to help keep your child safe but also yourself since you will have one less thing to worry about if you end up in an accident. We do everything possible to make sure our babies are safe, including making sure they ride in the safest car seat they can. In fact, make sure car seats are installed correctly every time you get in the car and replace them if/when you have been in a crash.