A major source of injury for kids in Knoxville is car accidents. Many parents inadvertently risk their children’s safety by not taking extra precautions before they hit the roads. Vehicles are equipped with technology and mechanical devices to help protect the occupants inside in case of collisions. Experts recommend the use of car seats to protect young vehicle occupants. However, they are not enough to keep kids from becoming hurt and dying in car accidents. According to NPR.org, improper car seat and seatbelt use affect 20 percent of children in fatal motor vehicle accidents. Parents should learn how to properly restrain their children.

Here are some car seat safety tips to help reduce the risk of harm to children. 

Car seat selection and use 

Parents should take their kids’ age, size and weight into consideration when shopping for car and booster seats. Car seats are designed to offer kids the maximum protection from car accidents. “Babies and young toddlers should sit in rear-facing seats for as long as possible,” states Upworthy.com. There is the option to switch them to front-facing seats once they turn two years old. However, rear-facing seats offer more cushion and protection for their bodies. 

Check car seat straps 

Parents should adjust their kids’ car seat straps so they are snug and tight. Children should not be able to move around freely in their seats because their straps are loose. Kids should also not wear coats or bulky clothing when they are in car seats. 

It is necessary to secure car seats to vehicles to keep them and their occupants from becoming projectiles. Parents should review the instructions for LATCH and seat belt attachment. They can also benefit from visiting their local law enforcement agencies to have their vehicles and car seat installation techniques reviewed. 

By taking a more thorough approach when installing their children’s car seats, parents can protect them from the dangers of car accidents. They should also drive safely, stay attentive to the roads and practice proper seat belt use themselves.