Safety in a car is essential, but when passengers are children this becomes even more imperative! Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3-14 years old according to Mass.gov. This astonishing statistic paved the way for a law concerning child passenger safety which was first enforced in 2008. Children can be easily injured in motor vehicle accidents. An incident as simple as a quick stop can severely injure a child that is not properly restrained in a car seat.
Massachusetts law clearly states children 8-years and under, or shorter than 57” tall MUST be correctly strapped into a federally approved child passenger restraint. If you need help to choose the right restraint for your child or don’t know how to install you car seat, not to worry; it’s all explained right on the Mass.gov website! There are often events held by the State Police that give details to parents about the correct ways to secure their children in the car. At these events, Police will make sure that child seats are installed correctly within automobiles.
Massachusetts parents can attest to car seats saving children’s lives! Some safe practice tips for parents are as follows:
- Children should be in rear-facing infant seats from birth to 1 year AND until they are more than 20 pounds.
- Children 1 to 4 years and 20 to 40 pounds should ride in a forward-facing child seat.
- Children who have outgrown a child safety seat, typically when they are over 40 pounds or 5 years of age, should transition to a booster seat which assists in the proper fit of a safety belt.
- Children 12 and younger should never sit in the front seat. The safest seating position is in the back seat, away from air bags.
- Always wear your lap and shoulder belt when driving — it protects you in case of a crash and it sets a good example for children.
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