In order to improve infant car safety, there are a number of requirements you, as a responsible parent must take. First and foremost, children are required to be seated in rear facing car seats until they are at least one year old. It used to be one year old or 20 pounds, whichever came first, but that has been largely modified. A belt positioning booster is used when the child is old enough to face forward. It raises them up to the proper height so they are able to use the waist belt and shoulder strap of a normal seatbelt. A tether strap is used for forward facing car seats. It has a hook on the car seat that latches onto the appropriate place on the car’s frame under the seat ensuring the car seat cannot fly forward in an accident. Because both of these are used with children who are facing forward, they are precluded here.
What follows are a few tips that will help keep your infant safe while driving. However, no amount of safety features can be a substitute for safe, responsible driving. The tips you read here are meant to complement responsible driving and to protect your infant should something unexpected happen.
Ensuring that your infant is safe while driving in the car is the duty of every parent. A properly fitting and correctly installed infant car seat is necessary for children under a certain weight. Infants and children under one year of age must ride facing backwards in their car seats. Although they may fuss because of it, it is a rule intended to keep them as safe from injury as possible when driving.