Monday, March 21, 2011

New Car Seat Regulations

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Naturally, we all want to care for our little ones, and with that desire comes the need to stay up-to-date with all the state and federal regulations for carseat safety.

On the Today Show this morning Matt Lauer spoke with the American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson Dr. Ilana Levine about the new guidelines they have just put out. Some are what we have all done for years, and some are very new changes. Here they are:

Infant Seats: No new changes. It needs to always be a rear facing seat. They can stay in it until they reach the size limit of the seat.

Convertible Seats: NEW NEWS!!! Children need to be rear facing until AGE 2 in order to protect their head, neck, and back in a collision. Also as long as they fit into the size recommendations of that seat.

Booster Seats: NEW NEWS!!! Keep them in the booster seat until the child reaches 4'9" which usually happens around the ages of 8-12 years old. Otherwise the seatbelt can come up near their neck and make them uncomfortable which could make them sneakily move that chest strap over and behind themselves which is a HUGE NO NO!

Some other things to keep in mind:
  • Always keep your child in the correct seat up to the allotted time frame stated on the seat (there should be a clearly marked label somewhere on the seat).
  • Guage how large your child is to make sure that they will be able to sit in a regular seat. If you have a larger child that won't fit in any kind of booster seat, then you know that a regular seat is what they are ready for.
Remember safety first on these roadways. I once was driving down the highway and saw a woman with a toddler girl sitting on her lap in the passenger seat fixing her hair! You don't want to be that let's all try and follow these new guidelines.*

Now does anyone have a good way to break it to my two kids that they will now have to go back to booster seats after we held a whole big family "event" ceremoniously upgrading the two of them to adult seat status only ONE week ago!? This might not end well...

My best,

*these were guideline changes made by the AAP and I'm not sure if they will be state enforced. Go to your states website and check up on that to make sure you're covered. Here's a link to the NHTSA for more information.
Song of the Week: If you have kids in the house or are a big kid yourself, please enjoy the lyrical sounds of Hakuna Matata from The Lion King.


Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

Wow! I was a shortie growing up. I don't think I reached 4'9" until I was 13/14. I'm only 5'2" now. I would have been mortified to having to ride in a booster seat at that age.

Lynn said...

Teresha I am also 5'2" and didn't realize the closeness in height that I am with most 8-12 year olds! :oD I wonder if a stack of telephone books would count as a booster?

My best, Lynn

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