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Car Seat Safety: Steps For Keeping Kids Safe

“Child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars.”

-National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

The case for infant car seats and child restraints is clear. Since 1975, the NHTSA has estimated that over 9,000 children were saved by child safety seats or adult seat belts. While most people use car seats for their infants and children, the amount of people that use them incorrectly is staggering – as high as 95% in some areas! (  There are many resources to help parents with child seat safety and I’m including some tips and links to help…

1.  The NHTSA has put together this easy 4 step reference so you know the age/weight suggestions for child safety seats.

2.  The best way to know if your child safety seat is secured properly is to have a professional check it out.  When we set up our car seat we thought we did a great job – until we took it to our local California Highway Patrol inspection station to have it checked.  The officer installed it properly for us, and showed us how to do it in the future.  The lesson was invaluable and I recommend it for anyone who has never installed a seat.  Be sure to do this before the baby is born so that you can leave the hospital with peace of mind.  You can find a local authority that will make sure your seat is properly secured with the NHTSA Child Safety Seat Inspection Station Locator.

3.  Selecting a seat – talk to people you know who have kids and read as many reviews as you can.  Many sites like and have user reviews posted and these can be really helpful.  The NHTSA also has a ranking/review system on the Ease of Use of various car seats.

4.  For more information please visit and

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2 Responses to “Car Seat Safety: Steps For Keeping Kids Safe”

  1. gg says:

    ummm why is this part of the website not updated more often? days go by without any more posts. if the person updating this part of the website has no time to do so, you should get more contributors, id be happy to be one! as i’m a stay at home mom living in NY with lots of great tips for mothers i share with my friends and family. i like this part of this website, but i’d enjoy lots more posts, maybe a few a day or at LEAST one a day…….

    • GDK says:

      Hi GG,
      Since this is the new “kid” on the block so to speak it’s just me updating the site right now. We’re working on getting more contributors. If you are interested, please send your resume and writing samples to me at Thanks for your patience!
      :) Gabriella


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