Taking Care of the Little Ones

As years have gone by, car seat technology has changed and so has knowledge of exactly what can happen to children’s bodies in an accident. Unlike decades ago, children are remaining in car seats well-past their toddler years. But, the latest statistics from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) shows there are 10’s of thousands of fatal car accidents each year in the United States and that over one third of those fatal accidents had occupants that included children. Are we doing enough to protect our little ones?

Minnesota Child Passenger Safety and Booster Seat Law
A child who is both under age 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches is required to be fastened in a child safety seat or booster seat that meets federal safety standards. Under this law, a child cannot use a seat belt alone until they are age 8 or 4 feet 9 inches tall — whichever comes first. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster based on their height, rather than their age. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, three out of four child seats are used incorrectly. Here are most common mistakes to avoid:

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