Car Seat Safety. Facts: Since the mid 1980s, child safety seats have been required by law for travel in the United States. (New Parent, September 2008)

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Car Seat Safety Slide 2 Facts: Since the mid 1980s, child safety seats have been required by law for travel in the United States. (New Parent, September 2008) In Oregon 97-100% of infant-only seats are not used right. Only when used correctly can car seats prevent up to 70% of these injuries and fatalities. (Guidebook to Pregnancy and Childbirth) Motor vehicle crashes are the No 1 cause of death and injury to all children ages 0-14; there are 7 deaths and 900 serious injuries a day in this age group. (Legacy Child Safety Services) Slide 3 A newborn baby is not allowed to leave the hospital without an approved child safety seat Slide 4 Infant Car Seats This seat is used until a child is 20 pounds and 1 years old Infant should be semi reclined, not sitting upright Infant faces the rear of the car Five point harness has two straps at the shoulder, two at the hips, and one at the crotch Slide 5 Infant Car Seat Examples Slide 6 Proper Infant Car Seat Installation Slide 7 Slide 8 Breastplate on the strap should be at armpit level Some have the option of using a base system that stays in the vehicle Always position the car seat handle in the down position, behind the car seat Infant Car Seats Slide 9 1 year and 20 pounds? Most parents switch their children to forward facing as soon as they hit this milestone. The Facts: Children are safest when they are facing the back of the car. Why? In a frontal crash, the babys head will remain cradled and the whiplash motion will be eliminated, reducing the risk of a head or spine injury. Slide 10 Convertible Car Seat Used rear facing for babies up to one year of age and up to 20 pounds Turned around forward facing when toddlers are at least 1 years old and at least 20 pounds Can be used until the child weighs 40 pounds Slide 11 Convertible Car Seat Examples Slide 12 Booster Seats Used by older children as a transition seat before sitting directly on the vehicle seat Used by children 40-100 pounds Some seats have a back support and seat belt guides Slide 13 Booster Seats Examples Slide 14 Convertible Car Seat Slide 15 What is the law? Infants ride rear facing until they reach both one year and twenty pounds. Children over one year AND between 20-40 pounds must be properly secured with a forward facing car seat. Children who are over 40 pounds must be properly secured in a booster seat until they are 8 OR 49 in height. Children who are age 8 or older OR are taller than 49 must ride properly secured in a safety belt system. Slide 16 Buckle up it is the law!!! Click it or ticket The minimum fine for anyone cited for failing to use a seat belt in Oregon is $110 What is the law? Slide 17 Not using a car seat consistently Using an old or secondhand seat Turning a child to face forward to soon Moving a child out of their car seat or booster seat too soon Not installing a car seat correctly The biggest mistakes made are Slide 18 Not securing your child in the seat tight enough Harness straps are twisted Not buckling the car seat into the car Holding a child in your lap Letting two kids share one seat belt Letting a child ride in the front seat The biggest mistakes made are Slide 19 Important Tips: Children of ALL ages should never be placed in the front seat with a passenger side air bag. Do not transport sharp, heavy, or loose objects in the vehicle. Any loose object can become deadly in a sudden stop or accident. Do not give children hard, long, or pointed items such as ice cream sticks, lollipops, pencils, or pens to play with while riding. Do not use a car seat if you do not know whether or not it has been in an accident. Slide 20 Car Seat Video http://www.babycenter.com/2_how-to-install- an-infant-car-seat_10338943.bc http://www.babycenter.com/2_how-to-install- an-infant-car-seat_10338943.bc