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Table of Contents

· What happens to the occupants of a vehicle when a collision occurs?
· Why use a child safety seat?
· Purchasing a New Infant Seat
· Purchasing or Borrowing a Used Infant Seat
· Moving Up To a Bigger Car Seat
· Moving to a forward facing child seat
· Adult Seat Belts are Not For Children!
· Installing Your Child Seat Yourself
· Where is my child safest?
· Adults lead by example

Traffic Services

Child Seat Safety



Purchasing a New Infant Seat

***NEVER PLACE AN INFANT SEAT OR CHILDREN UNDER 12 IN FRONT OF AN ACTIVE AIRBAG-DOING SO MAY RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY TO YOUR CHILD***

Police officers are often asked, “ what is the best child seat to buy?” The short answer is that the best child seat to buy is one that meets your needs, fits your vehicle, and that you will use properly every time.

  • Infant seats are used rear facing from birth to 9 kgs (20 lbs.)
  • Infant seats are installed at a 45-degree angle to both support the spine and reduce the forward roll of the head.
  • The harness straps are positioned at or below the baby’s shoulders and must always lie flat. Twisted straps may cause strain to the harness system and should be straightened out immediately.
  • The chest clip must be positioned at the armpit.
  • When your child is properly secured and the harness straps tightened you should not be able to fit more than one finger under the harness strap at the collarbone.
    • Woman adjusting a child seat with an infant in it
      REAR FACING INFANT SEAT

       

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