We know what works
NHTSA’s Countermeasures That Work recommends effective actions that
communities can take to ensure that
all children are properly protected in
Parents and grandparents can
- Find out if your child is in the right seat for his or her age and size (www.SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat)
- Read the instructions and labels that come with your child’s car seat and read the vehicle owner’s manual for important information on installing the seat in your particular vehicle.
- Go to your local car seat inspection station to have your seat checked by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. If you move the car seat back and forth between two vehicles, have the seat checked with both vehicles. The technician will make sure you can install the seat correctly yourself.
- Use the LATCH lower anchors or seat belt to install your car seat and use the top tether to secure forward-facing car seats.
- Register your car seat and booster seat so you will be informed if there is a safety recall on your model (www-odi. nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/ register/childseat/index.cfm).
- File a safety complaint if you believe that your child seat contains a safety defect (www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq).
- Always wear your seat belt to set a good example. Unbuckled drivers are more likely to have unrestrained children in the car.
Healthcare providers can
- Ask parents what type of seat they are using during each visit.
- Provide educational information to parents and refer them to local car seat inspection stations for additional help.
- Prominently display the four types of child restraints (rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, booster seats, and seat belts).
States and communities can
- Include car seats and booster seats whenever you conduct high-visibility seat belt enforcement campaigns.
- Work with youth groups, schools, traffic safety agencies, law enforcement agencies, and public health agencies to include new immigrants and high-risk populations in educational campaigns and outreach.
The right seat at the right time, every time – and in the back seat
Rear-facing infant car seat
Forward-facing car seat
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