Quick quiz to make sure your child seat is not a danger for your child
A car seat is a necessity when you’re a new parent, but how comfortable are you with the proper usage of this important tool? Listed below is a quick quiz to help make sure you're using your car seat correctly.
At What Age Should a Child Stop Using a Rear Facing Car Seat?
a. 18 months
b. 2 years
c. 1 year
Once a child reaches 2 years old, it is generally safe to turn the seat around to a front-facing position.
Which Seat is Safest For The Car Seat to Be Placed?
a. left side
c. right side
The middle is technically the safest place for your child. In the event of an impact, there is less likelihood of glass or other debris striking the child.
A Latch System Safer.
True. As of 2002, all cars should come standard with the latch system. Most decent car seats take advantage of this safety feature, and so should you.
A Baby Can Be Comforted For a Few Minutes While The Car is Moving.
False. Never take your child out of their safety seat while the car is moving. It only takes a second for something to go horribly wrong.
When Cold, a Baby Should Be Bundled Up in The Car Seat.
False. Because the child is restrained, and because you may not be able to actively watch or reach the child, it becomes too easy for a child to suffocate if over-bundled. Also, more coats and blankets mean more material between your child and the safety harness, which could mean the child isn’t as secure as it should be.
At What Age is The Forward Facing Car Seat Used?
a. 2 years
b. 1 year
c. 6 years
Forward facing seats are good for children who are 2 years old and higher, but if we’re talking a booster, then please wait until your child outgrows their current safety seat.
At What Size Does a Child Not Need a Car Seat?
a. 4 foot
b. 3 foot, 6 inches
c. 4 foot, 9 inches
Once your child reaches 4 foot 9 inches, it is safe for them to sit in the rear without a car seat.
When Can a Child Sit in The Front Seat?
a. 10 years old
b. 13 years old
c. 15 years old
13 years old is the generally accepted safe age to sit in the front seat.
Is There An Expiration Date On A Child Car Seat?
a. 1 – 3 years
b. 3-5 years
c. 5-9 years
Yes car seats do have expiration dates which are posted on the side of the seat. Onaverage, a car seats life can span from 5 to 9 years.
Car seats are admittedly difficult to work with, but their importance cannot be overstated. Remember, your children are your most precious cargo, so if you’re going to transport them, make sure you do it right.