Child Safety Seating
Keeping Kids Safe in Vehicles
In Minnesota, three out of four child seats are used incorrectly, and many parents aren’t aware of the restraint steps a child should progress through as they age and grow. A vehicle is the most dangerous place for children and crashes are the leading killer of children under age 14.
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Common Child Passenger Safety Mistakes
- Turning a child from a rear-facing restraint to a forward-facing restraint too soon. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommends keeping children rear-facing until 2 years old if possible.
- Restraint is not secured tight enough – it should not shift more than one inch side-to-side or out from the seat.
- Harness on the child is not tight enough – if you can pinch harness material, it’s too loose.
- Retainer clip is up too high or too low – should be at the child’s armpit level.
- The child is in the wrong restraint – don’t rush your child into a seat belt.
Give Kids a Boost! Booster Seats Are the Law in Minnesota
Booster seats lift a child up to help adult seat belts fit children properly. Children must start riding in a booster upon outgrowing a forward-facing harness restraint (typically age 4 and 40-60 pounds). Children should remain in a booster until age 8 or 4 feet 9 inches tall, whichever comes first. It is recommended, however, for children remain in a booster based on their height rather than age. Learn more about Minnesota’s child passenger safety law, which requires a child who is both under age 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches to be fastened in a child safety seat or booster.
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Source: Child Passenger Safety