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Choosing a Safe Car Seat

New babies require a lot of gear—from cribs and clothes to bottles and binkies. The most important safety item to buy for your baby is a well-made car seat. The right car seat will protect your baby in the event of an auto accident, and keep him or her comfortable. Once you’ve found the right car seat for your baby, take your car to an inspection station to ensure the car seat is properly installed.

New vs. Used

New car seats are expensive, but this is one area you definitely want to splurge on. Experts strongly advise against buying a used car seat, since there’s a possibility that a used seat was covered in a safety recall or was in an auto accident. Once a car seat has been in a crash, it needs to be replaced.

Age, Height, and Weight

Check the age, height, and weight ranges carefully before making a purchase. Only move your child up to the next stage of car seat once he or she has reached the maximum weight or height limit. Remember that even after your child outgrows a car seat and the booster seat, he or she should ride in the backseat until he or she reaches 13 years of age.

Rear-Facing and Forward-Facing

The first car seat a baby needs is a rear-facing model. This is the safest possible position for your baby to be in if a crash occurs. The car seat should also be installed in the middle of the back seat, just in case of a side collision. Experts recommend keeping kids in rear-facing seats until they are at least two years old. If they haven’t yet reached the maximum height and weight for a particular car seat, they can continue to ride rear-facing after the second birthday. Next, children should ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness for as long as possible. They should only switch to a booster seat once they’ve outgrown the car seat.

Car accidents in Manassas, VA, can be particularly frightening when a child is in the car, even with a safe car seat. The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers provides accident victims with the representation they need to pursue legal justice. You can request a consultation by calling (703) 330-6300.

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