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Safety, Car Seats, and Families

Posted on August 23, 2016

I recently met with a family that was shopping for a new SUV. The Clark’s are Toyota Camry owners that needed more room and functionality. They narrowed their search to 3 manufacturers: Nissan, Honda, and Toyota. Then they began their research online, which lead them to

Fact: 1 in 3 children ride unrestrained.
Fact: 2 out of 9 children are in the right car seat.
Fact: Did you know that only 1 in 4 child car seats are properly installed?
Fact: Many injuries and deaths are avoidable with the use of proper restraints like child car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
Fact: Using the correct car seat reduces infants & toddlers chances for fatal injury by as much as 71%
Fact: Injuries caused by motor vehicles are the leading cause of death among children in the U.S.
Fact: Research from real crashes show that kids sitting in the center are 43% safer than those sitting on the side, since in the center you cannot take a direct hit in a crash.


The Clark’s had a few non negotiable’s:

1.  The rear-facing car seat had to fit comfortably in the middle seat of  the second row. The car seat must not touch the back of the driver or passenger seat.
2.  There had to be enough room on either side of the car seat for a person to be able to ride comfortably.
3.  The a/c vents in the second row had to be positioned in such a way as to provide adequate cooling. The 2012 Camry SE they were trading in had no rear vents for cooling.

The Clark’s tested all 3 SUV’s in the same manner and eventually decided on the 2015 Toyota Highlander. In all of their real world tests, the Highlander stood head and shoulders above the rest.

Five Ways To Help You and Your Kids Go Safely

1.  Turn babies backwards – Infants and children under two years old should ride in a rear-facing car seat with the harness snug according to car seat specifications.
2.  Face toddlers forward – Secure toddlers in a forward-facing car seat until at least four years olds and 40 pounds. The harness should be snug according to the car seat specifications.
3.  Use the one-inch rule – when properly secured, the car seat should not move more than an inch in any direction.
4.  Give kids a boost – Put children 4 foot 9 inches and under in a booster seat to ensure their seat belts fit them properly.
5.  Put kids in the the back – Children 12 years old and under are the safest securely buckled in the backseat of any vehicle with the seat belt across the upper thighs and snug around the shoulders.

I hope this helps.  Feel free to contact Kinny Landrum at 270-779-2819 call/text for more information.  Please use the links below for additional information as well: