Car Seat Safety

Women's Health

Make sure your
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How do you know which car seat is right for your little one? The right seat will fit your child and your car. If you’re concerned about your child’s safety in the car, schedule a free appointment for a car seat safety check at Parkview Hospital Randallia or meet with a certified car seat technician at one of our events.

Different Types of Car Seats

Note: A rear-facing child seat is the best seat for your young child to use. It has a harness and, in a crash, cradles and moves with your child to reduce the stress on the child’s fragile neck and spinal cord.

Infant Car Seat

  • Rear-facing only
  • Designed to be portable
  • Generally lighter in weight
  • Easier to carry than car seats intended for older kids

When your child outgrows the infant car seat, move him to a convertible, 3-in-1 or an All-in-One car seat, used rear-facing.

Convertible Seat

  • Rear-facing until your child is 2 years old or reaches the upper rear-facing weight or height limit of the seat
  • Forward-facing from about 2 years of age until your child reaches the upper forward-facing weight or height limit of the seat
  • Never place in front of an airbag

When your child outgrows the convertible seat, move her into a booster seat. Don’t rush to move your child to a booster seat too early.

3-in-1/All-in-One

  • You can use this seat for rear-facing, forward-facing with a harness and booster.

When forward-facing, use the harness and tether after your child reaches the top rear-facing size limit allowed by the manufacturer.

Booster Seat

  • There are three types of booster seats, high-back, backless and combination
  • High-back booster seats are recommended if you have a low back seat that does not offer support for your child’s head.
  • Backless booster seats can be used if your vehicle provides support for your child’s head.

Combination or All-in-One car seats can be used as booster seats. When your child outgrows the height or weight limits of the harness, remove the harness and use the seat as a booster.

When should I move my child to a seat belt?

Your child must:

  • Be tall enough to sit without slouching
  • Keep his back against the vehicle seat
  • Keep her knees naturally bent over the edge of the vehicle seat
  • Keep his feet flat on the floor
  • Sit with the lap belt snugly across her upper thighs (not her stomach)
  • Sit with the shoulder belt snug across his shoulder and chest (not his neck or face)

Indiana’s Child Restraint Law

  • Children under age 8 must be in child restraints that meet current federal safety standards.
  • Children from age 8 to 16 must use a child restraint or vehicle safety belt.
  • This law applies to all seating positions in all vehicles.
  • Anyone who drives children is responsible for their being properly restrained.
  • If children are not properly buckled up, the driver can be fined $25.

If you're not sure what to look for when purchasing a car seat, including when it is no longer safe after an accident or after several years of use, check out the helpful tips on HealthyChildren.org.  Also, watch for information this summer regarding car seat screenings at Parkview Field – a new program through Parkview's Kohl’s Kids 4 Safety.

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