The Top 6 Things You Need to Know About Car Seats

  1. Colorado requires proper car restraints for children under 8

car seat safetyColorado law defines a “child restraint system” (car seats and booster seats) as:

a specially designed seating system that is designed to protect, hold, or restrain a child in a motor vehicle in such a way as to prevent or minimize injury to the child in the event of a motor vehicle accident that is either permanently affixed to a motor vehicle or is affixed to such vehicle by a safety belt or a universal attachment system, and that meets the federal motor vehicle safety standards.

The relevant statute also states that every child under eight who is in a car shall be properly secured in a child restraint system according to the manufacturer’s instruction. The mandatory car seat or booster seat by age is as follows:

  • Newborn to 1 year old (child weighs less than 20 lbs): Rear-facing car seat in a rear seat of the car required
  • Ages 1 – 3 (weighs less than 40 lbs, but more than 20 lbs): Child must be properly restrained in a rear-facing or forward-facing car seat (recommended that a child remain in rear-facing seat until 2)
  • Ages 4 – 7: Child must be in a forward-facing car seat or booster seat (it is recommended that child be in a booster seat until they are about 4’9”)

Don’t forget to check out this pamphlet and FAQs about Colorado’s Child Passenger Safety Law from CDOT.

  1. 55% of children’s death due to a car accident could be avoided if the children were properly restrained

Drive Smart Colorado has provided a lot of information regarding child passenger safety. In fact, did you know that motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among ages 3-14 years old in the U.S.? From 2006-2010, 64 children, ages 0-12, died in traffic crashes in Colorado. 55% of those children were improperly restrained. It is important to properly know how to buckle-up children in car seats and booster seats. In fact . . .

  1. There are places in town where you can get a car seat Safety Check

For example:

Colorado Springs

Call (719) 365-5834

  • CSPD Child Occupant Protection Program

Downtown – (719) 444-7969
Falcon – (719) 444-7240
Gold Hill- (719) 385-2110
Stetson Hills- (719) 444-3140
Sand Creek- (719) 444-7270

Denver

  • Denver Health offers monthly checks. Call 303-602-KIDZ for appointment.
  • You can also find safety inspection sites at CDOTs website.
  1. You can register your car seat and be notified when there is a safety recall

You can register your car seat by sending in the card that came with the seat to the manufacturer, or you can go to the manufacturer’s website and sign up to receive notices. The manufacturer will then provide you warnings about recalls and safety notices. It’s really simple, so don’t forget to do it!

  1. Booster Seat Evaluations for 2014 are out, check out the best and worst

And some of the best rated booster seats according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are:

  • Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1
  • Britax Frontier 90
  • BubbleBum Neon
  • Clek Oobr
  • Cosco Pronto
  • Cybex Solution X-Fix
  • Diono Monterey
  • Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback 65
  • EvenFlo Amp
  • Ferrari Beline SP
  • Graco 4Ever All-in-1 Car Seat
  • Harmony Dreamtime
  • Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro
  • Kids Embrace Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
  • Safety 1st Store ‘n Go
  1. Replace your car seat after a moderate or serve crash

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that car seats be replaced immediately after a moderate or severe car crash. It is not necessary to replace after a minor crash. According to CDOT, a minor crash is one in which ALL of the following exists:

  • The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site;
  • The vehicle door nearest the car seat was not damaged;
  • None of the passengers in the vehicle sustained any injuries in the crash;
  • If the vehicle has air bags, the air bags did not deploy during the crash; and
  • There is no visible damage to the car seat.

Please drive safely, and be sure to properly secure your children in the car!

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