Are you new to using child car seats? Then you should take note of these basic child car seat rules. Following these rules will increase the chances of safety and protection in the event of a road crash.
- Choose the right child car seat for your child. Always remember that child car seats must be based on your child’s height, weight, and age.
- Rear-facing is the safest option out there! It is recommended to keep kids rear-facing until they are at least 3 years old or when the manual of their child car seat says so.
- Choose the safest location to place your kid’s child car seat! Read this to find out the top place for maximum protection.
- Use the harness correctly! Make sure that the chest clip and the harness are placed where they should be placed. The chest clip should be placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing, you’re all clear!
- Install the child car seat correctly. How? Read the manual! Every child car seat has different ways to properly install it in your car. If you think the car seat is already installed, then try to move it left and right. If it moves, then you should re-install it.
Knowing these 5 rules are good, but if you won’t be using a child car seat for your child then knowing these will be useless. In the Philippines, more than 99 children die every month because of road crashes. This makes it even more important for our children to use child car seats to better protect them on the road!
Currently, road safety advocates in the Philippines are pushing for the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act of 2017 which requires the use of child car seats for children 12 years old and below. Child car seats can reduce the risk of death and injuries by up to 80% in young children and 54-70% in infants. #