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Keep Your Child Safe on Seats

As a part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Child Passenger Safety Week, DaimlerChrysler’s SeatCheck safety program has provided some safety measures for parents to properly place their children in safety seats.

– Infants must always be placed in rear-facing seats until they are at least one year old and 20 lbs. If less than a year old and more than 20 lbs., be sure they ride in a seat approved for heavier babies and continue to ride rear-facing until at least one year old. Children may ride rear-facing in many seats up to 35 lbs. Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of a passenger air bag.

– Once children are forward-facing, they should ride in a forward-facing seat (convertible seat) until they reach approximately 40 lbs. All children who have outgrown child safety seats should be properly restrained in booster seats until they are 4’9″ tall.

– Old/used child safety seats should not be used unless you are certain they have never been in a crash and you have all the parts (including instructions). Seats six years old or older should be discarded and never used. To check if your safety seat has been recalled, check the seat recall list on http://www.seatcheck.org.

– Always read both the vehicle owner’s manual and the instructions that come with the child safety seat.

– Vehicles and rear- and forward-facing child safety seats manufactured after September 1, 2002, are equipped with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) to help ease the installation of child safety seats. For more information on LATCH, visit http://www.seatcheck.org.

– Children 12 & under should always be properly restrained in the back seat.

– It’s important to remember that the “best” child safety seat is the one that correctly fits the child, the vehicle, and is used correctly every time.

– Get your child safety seats checked to make sure it is installed properly!

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