Twelve children in the Langdon area are riding safer following their participation in a car safety seat checkup sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Health.
Posted July 8, 2013
The checkup was held on June 27 at D & B Motors during a fundraiser event for the Langdon Daycare Center in Langdon.
At the checkup, certified child passenger safety technicians assisted parents in properly installing their car seats and safely securing the child in the seat.
Technicians reviewed labels on the car seats to be sure the restraint was appropriate for the child’s age, weight and height and they checked the seats for recalls and expiration dates.
Of the 12 restraints checked, only 2 were used correctly. Of the 10 seats with errors, the most common were:
• Car seats were not installed correctly, either because they were too loose, or the lower anchors and tether (LATCH) system was used wrong.
• Car seats were not appropriate for the child riding in them, either because the child was too young or too small for the car seat they were riding in – based on the car seat instructions. Many children were riding in booster seats prematurely and children younger than two were using forward-facing car seats.
Other errors included use of non-regulated accessories attached to the car seat and vehicle seat protectors.
The North Dakota Department of Health recommends the following “best practice” guidelines for buckling up children:
• Rear-facing until at least age 2.
• Forward-facing in a car seat with a harness until the child reaches the harness’s highest weight limit allowed by the manufacturer.
• Boosters – When children have outgrown the harness in their forward-facing seat, they may be moved to a booster. However, they should be at least 40 pounds and at least four years of age. Keep the child in the booster until the seat belt fits them correctly – usually about 4’9” tall.
• Seat Belt – Children should use a seat belt when it fits over their body correctly. The lap and shoulder belt should be snug, with the lap belt placed across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt across the shoulder and chest. Shoulder belts should never be placed behind the back or under the arm.
For more information, contact the North Dakota Department of Health at 1.800.472.2286.