Smart Child Car Seat Safety Tips

Automotive accidents are a leading cause of injury for children. Reduce the risk for your little ones with child safety seats. Since child car seats play such a critical role in protecting children, they are required by law across every state in America. Make them a priority when you shop for a new car from Tustin car dealerships

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Car Seat Shopping Considerations for Parents


Keeping your child safe while you drive significantly depends on choosing the right car seat and using it properly. It should be appropriate for your child’s age, size, weight, and your car. Below are some things to remember before purchasing a car seat:

  • Make sure the car seat meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. 

  • Practice how to install the child safety seat and secure the harness before using it. 

  • Visit a child car seat inspection station for expert assistance on how to use your car seat. You can also ask certified technicians from your Toyota dealer near Tustin for assistance.  


Car Safety Tips for Child Passengers


Car safety seat requirements change as children grow. Babies begin with infant-exclusive seats, then move on to forward-facing seats. They eventually need booster seats and seat belts. It’s crucial to know when to switch out your current seat and how to use each new one. Keep this quick guide in mind:

  • For Infants up to 1-Year-Old

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping children in rear-facing safety seats for as long as you can. Most rear-facing seats can be used until a child weighs around 40 pounds, which generally covers children under two years of age.  

Rear-facing seats offer excellent protection because they cradle the torso, neck, and head in case of a head-on crash. They also keep infants secure during side-impact collisions and other types of accidents. 

  • For Children 1-4 Years Old

Once your child reaches the weight and height limits of his rear-facing seat, usually once they become 2-4 years of age, they can then move on to a forward-facing one. 

Use a five-point harness to secure your toddler in their safety seat. The harness should have two hip straps, two shoulder straps, and a crotch strap. This design makes it better at distributing the force of a crash and secures small children better than a simple seat belt. Before buying, call your Toyota dealer near Tustin to make sure your new child safety seat fits into your vehicle.

  • For Children 4-8 Years Old

The law requires children up to 8 years old to be secured in a child safety seat. You can choose between a booster with a lap and shoulder seat belt or a five-point harness —whichever fits your child better. Remember to:

  • Cross the lap belt on their upper thigh instead of the abdomen.

  • Make sure their feet touch the floor.

  • Check if their knees bend at the edge of their seat.

  • Fasten the shoulder belt across the chest and shoulder. 

  • Ensure that they stay comfortably retrained for the whole ride.


Protect Child Passengers with Toyota’s Safety Features


To increase the level of protection that a child safety seat provides, select a family vehicle with complementing features. Some of Toyota’s popular family vehicles, such as the 2020 Toyota Prius, are fortified with a system called Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). This Toyota-exclusive feature uses anchor points to keep car seats in place in the event of a crash. 

The 2020 Toyota Prius from Tustin car dealerships is also equipped with the acclaimed Toyota Safety Sense system. It utilizes advanced features, such as Automatic High Beams, Lane Departure Alert, and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control to protect your whole family on the road.

For more information on the 2020 Toyota Prius and other top models, call Toyota of Orange at 714-907-4742 today.

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