Safety Reminders

car-seat-2Car safety rules and recommendations are available from the American Academy of Pediatrics web site ( and contacting your Department of Motor Vehicles. The recommendations from “Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families 2007” include but are not limited too:

  • Always use your seat belt. Be a good role model for your child.
  • Always use a car safety seat. Start with your baby’s first ride home from
    the hospital.
  • Never place a child in a rear-facing care safety seat in the front seat of a
    vehicle that has a passenger air bag.
  • All infants should ride rear-facing until they have reached at least 1 year
    of age and weigh at least 20 pounds. That means that if your baby reaches
    20 pounds before their first birthday, they should remain rear-facing until
    they turn 1 year old. It is best for children to ride rear-facing to the highest
    weight or height allowed by the manufacturer.
  • Remember, seat belts are made for adults. If the seat belt does not fit your
    child correctly, they should stay in a booster seat until the adult seats fit
    them correctly. This is usually when the child reaches about 4’9” in height
    and is between 8 and 12 years of age.
  • The safest place for all children younger than 13 years is to ride in the
    back seat.