How Car Seats Work

Car safety is no joke, and the rising number of automobile accident deaths in the U.S. is just one of the reasons. It’s very important to be aware of the dangers you’re exposed to on the road, so you can know how to adequately protect yourself, and more importantly, your children in the event of an accident. When it comes to keeping adults safe, most cars are as equipped as they can be to deal with car safety.
There are seatbelts, and in case of a crash, an airbag will deploy to protect your head from impact. Sadly, this just isn’t enough when it comes to our kids, because their smaller bodies can’t really benefit from such devices. So what do you do to keep your child safe in an accident? Simple – get them in a child’s car seat. A child’s car seat is specialized to handle a preschooler’s tiny frame, and it does that using three separate mechanisms:
1) Two lateral shock-absorbent cushions take care of any excess force.
2) A five-point harness keeps them secured to the seat.
3) A durable tether keeps the seat from toppling over or moving from its default position.
In 90% of accidents, these mechanisms will keep your child safe from any car crash-associated risks, so you can drive with ease knowing that you’ve done everything you can to protect them. Some final points worth mentioning is that you should always make sure that the harness is straight and not twisted, and that the harness slot is approximately at your child’s shoulder height.
For more information check out this infographic from ParentingPod.

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