Why child safety seats matter
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When a vehicle collides with another obj ject — a tree, a wall or another moving vehicle, for example — it is stopped suddenly by the impact. However, anything not held down inside the vehicle will keep moving, and that includes the passengers. This happens because of inertia. Inertia is an object’s tendency to keep moving until something else works against this motion.
Imagine that you’re coasting at a steady 80 kilometers per hour. Your speed and the car’s speed are pretty much equal, so you feel like you and the car are moving as a single unit.
But if the car were to crash into a telephone pole, it would be obvious that your inertia and the car’s were absolutely independent. The force of the pole would bring the car to an abrupt stop, but your speed would remain the same.
Your face might hit the windshield, the steering wheel or the back of the seat in front of you. Your ribcage might hit the dashboard. You could even be thrown from the vehicle.
Your internal organs, too, will keep moving. Your brain would be compressed towards the front of your skull, and your heart, lungs and kidneys could smash into each other or into bone.
It sounds horrific, and that’s why we wear seatbelts. Seatbelts are designed to hold you into the car and spread the destructive force of the impact over the more resilient parts of your body, increasing your chances of avoiding death or serious injury in a crash by up to 50 percent.
However, seatbelts are designed for adults. They go across your middle and over the shoulder, applying most of the stopping force to your ribcage and pelvis. For a seatbelt to do this effectively it must fit correctly, and on a small child the seatbelt is simply the wrong size to do the job. Instead, a specifically designed child car seat should be used.
Rear-facing infant seats and convertible seats Forward-facing child seats Booster seats and backless boosters
Starting with a baby’s very first journey home from the hospital, parents are responsible for making sure that their kids travel safely. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in children, and more kids die in automobile crashes than in any other type of unintentional injury.
You can protect your kids by following simple safety measures and by teaching some basic rules.
Using a child safety seat (car seat) is the best protection you can give your child when traveling by car. Every state in the United States requires that an infant or small child be restrained — and with good reason. Child safety seats can reduce the risk of a potentially fatal injury substantially for babies in particular and also for toddlers. But many safety seats are used incorrectly.
When choosing a car seat, keep some important guidelines in mind. The best car seat is not always the most expensive one — it’s the one that best fits a child’s weight, size, and age, as well as your vehicle.
Once you select a seat, be sure to try it out, keeping in mind that store displays and illustrations might not show the correct usage.
It’s up to you to learn how to install a car safety seat properly and harness your child for the ride.educational programmes to disseminate information and promote awareness on the importance of child safety car seats can go a long way towards reducing the number of accidents and fatalities involving children.
The safest place for your child is in a properly fitted CHILD CAR seat.