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Car Seat Safety for All Ages of Children

Perhaps the most important investment you can make in your child’s future is a child safety seat. A child safety seat prevents your child from being thrown about or out of the vehicle. The Injury Prevention Program within the Cincinnati Children’s Trauma Services Department offers guidelines to assist in child car seat selection.

Even after adhering to a car seat manufacturer’s requirements and installation instructions, some children have difficulty fitting into a safety seat. A car seat inspection by trained professionals can be helpful in determining whether the child and car seat are a good match for one another.

Well-designed child car seats spread the force of a crash evenly over a child’s fragile body and protect the child’s head and spinal cord.

Used properly, a safety seat also improves child behavior, lessening the chance of the child distracting the driver and causing an accident.

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Last Updated: 10/2013