Car Seat Safety



Car Seat Use and Misuse

Car seats are crucial to keeping children safe when traveling in vehicles. Unfortunately, many car seats are not used how they are recommended. In Utah County, 98% of car seats are installed incorrectly. This puts thousands of children at risk of injury or death in the event of a car accident. We don’t want this to be your child. In Utah County, and in other areas, there are classes available to teach you how to install and use a car seat the right way. You can also learn about when to use rear-facing and front-facing car seats and when to switch to a booster seat.

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How to Select a Car Seat

The “best” car seat is the one that meets your needs. Purchasing one with a five-point harness system is recommended. A car seat that costs more doesn’t necessarily mean it is better or safer. When buying a car seat for your child it should:

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Installing a Car Seat Correctly

Most parents realize the importance of having their child ride in a car seat. However, reports show that most kids are actually secured into their car seat improperly. This may be because children are placed in the wrong type or size of car seat. Each car seat has specific instructions for use. It is important to follow the recommended guidelines to ensure the child is safe. There are car seat classes available at the Utah County Health Department in Provo. You will learn the basics of child car seat safety and more.

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