#ChevySafe: 5-Point Checklist for Car Seats

Written by: Bethany Weis

Courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide

One in four parents and caregivers responding to a Safe Kids Worldwide survey said they have driven without making sure their children are safely secured in vehicles. The report, funded as part of a $2 million grant from the General Motors Foundation, is based on a national online survey of more than 1,000 parents and caregivers of children ages 10 and under. As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, we want to share a car seat check list so you can make sure your children are safely secured while driving.

Right Seat. This is an easy one. Check the label on your car seat to make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age, weight and height. Like milk, your car seat has an expiration date. Double check the label on your car seat to make sure it is still safe.

 

Right Place. Kids are VIPs, just ask them. We know all VIPs ride in the back seat, so keep all children in the back seat until they are 13.

 

Right Direction. You want to keep your child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible, usually until around age two. When he or she outgrows the seat, move your child to a forward-facing car seat. Make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower anchors.

 

Inch Test. Once your car seat is installed, give it a good shake at the base. Can you move it more than an inch side to side or front to back? A properly installed seat will not move more than one inch.

 

Pinch Test. Make sure the harness is tightly buckled and coming from the correct slots (check car seat manual). Now, with the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing, you’re good to go.

 

If you’re in Chicagoland join Chevrolet at Jack Phelan Chevrolet on Saturday, September 21 with Neighborhood Parents Network and Safe Kids for free car seat checks. RSVP to reserve your spot! Share your safety tips with @DistrictDrive on Twitter using #ChevySafe. 

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM