It is a consensus that children should take safety seats when they go out by car. Parents who have the concept of scientific parenting also include safety seats in the purchase list after the baby is born. So is it possible to buy a safety seat and drive without worry?
When many families use safety seats, they do not strictly follow the guidelines for the use of seats. Using seats in an incorrect way actually increases the risk of children’s travel.
There are also many misunderstandings in the use of safety seats. Let’s see if you got it?
1. Used safety seat, is it really safe?
The unit price of safety seats is relatively high. Many parents will choose second-hand safety seats out of cost considerations, which may hide potential safety hazards.
Here are some questions you should pay attention to:
Has the seat been out of the factory for more than 6 years? If the seat takes too long, there may be problems such as plastic aging.
Have you ever experienced a serious car accident?
Is there any obvious damage to the seat itself or missing parts?
Are the instructions still there? Are you sure you know how to use this seat?
If the answer to any of the above questions is no, pro, don’t save the money.
2. Incorrect installation of safety seat
1) Optimum seat position
If a child is hit by an airbag, it can cause serious injury. The safety seat should be installed in the rear to avoid the airbag.
If only one safety seat is installed in the rear seat, the best position is in the middle of the rear seat. This position is safer than the position near the door on both sides, which can reduce the risk of children being injured in a car crash.
If the child has to sit in the front row under special circumstances, the safety seat should face forward and try to move the front passenger seat backward; If possible, please turn off the co pilot’s airbag separately.
2) Seat angle adjustment
Most safety seats are equipped with angle adjusters. The inclination should be set according to the instructions and the baby’s weight, so as to ensure that the child’s head does not fall down.
If the child’s head leans forward, the inclination of the safety seat is not enough. Without an adjuster, you can also put a tight towel under the front of the seat to fix it at the best angle.
3) Let the child sit face forward too early
Infants under 1 year of age must use rear facing seats until they are over 1 year of age and weigh more than 9kg. It is best to reverse to sit forward after the baby is 2 years old or reaches 16KG or the height meets the requirements.
When the child is 2 years old or reaches the upper limit of height and weight, pay attention to the following when rotating forward:
Install the safety seat on the rear seat according to the factory instructions and fix it with safety belt, ISOFIX or latch and other fixing devices;
Adjust the back strap to fix the child’s shoulder, and ensure that the strap is flat on the child’s chest to hip without looseness and distortion.
4) Let the child use the safety seat for too long
Sitting vertically in a car seat will compress the thorax of newborns, resulting in hypoxia. The newborn must adjust the seat according to the angle specified in the instructions.
Sitting for a long time on the car safety seat may compress the head, cause flat head shape, and may cause gastroesophageal reflux. It is not recommended that children sit, sleep or rest in the safety seat during non driving hours.
5) Didn’t take off the child’s big cotton padded jacket before getting on the bus
In winter, parents often complain that the seat space is too small and children can’t sit in cotton padded clothes. The compact design of the seat is to protect the child’s safety to the greatest extent. If the child wears too thick, the seat belt may not provide sufficient protection.
In cold winter, put on light jackets and hats for children, adjust the straps to be comfortable, and cover them with a blanket to keep warm. Wear heavy coats outdoors.
Try to let children sit in more safety seats, which is the safest. When the child’s weight reaches 18-36kg, or the height reaches the upper limit specified by the safety seat manufacturer, the auxiliary soft cushion can be used instead.
Most children can use adult seat belts by the age of 8-12. For all children under the age of 13, the safest position on the car is the back seat.