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Car Seat Safety

What type of child passenger restraint is right for your child?

Infants up to age 2

 

Rear-Facing, Convertible, and 3-in1 car seats

  • Children must ride rear-facing until I year old and 20 pounds.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends keeping children rear-facing for the highest weight and height allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
  • There are different types of rear-facing car seats:
    • Infant only car seats can only be used rear-facing. Infants quickly outgrow these types of seats. Stop using this seat once the baby is over the height and/or weight limit and use a convertible or 3-in-1 seat.
    • Convertible and 3-in-1 seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

Toddlers: Forward-facing car seats

Children over age 2 OR younger children over the rear-facing seat manufacturer’s maximum weight.

  • It is recommended that the top weight be attained before your child leaves a full harness car safety seat.
  • When moving the seat from rear-facing to forward-facing consult the owner’s manual, or make an appointment with Safe and Sound.

Young Kids: Booster Seats

Children between ages 8 and 12 AND under 4’ 9”.

  • A belt-positioning booster must be used with your car’s shoulder and lap belt until the child is tall enough (usually 4’ 9”) for the seat belt to fit properly.
  • High-back boosters are recommended for all children ages 4 to at least 8 years old and 4’ 9” tall.
  • Never use a low-back booster in the back seat without a head rest.
  • Boosters must be used with both lap and shoulder belts.

Older Kids: Safety Belts

For children over 4’ 9” tall.

  • The shoulder belt should rest snugly across the chest while resting on the shoulder. NEVER place the shoulder strap behind the body.
  • The lap belt should rest low across the lap and upper thigh area, NOT across the stomach.
  • All children younger than 13 years of age should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.



910 Blackford Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403

MAIN:
423-778-6011


TRANSFERS:
423-778-8100

This number is for clinical personnel to arrange tranferring a patient to Children's Hospital. Please call the main line (listed above) if you are trying to locate a patient.


URGENT CARE:
7 nights a week
6:00 p.m. – Midnight

Located on the Ground Floor of Massoud Building at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. Take elevator K from the Main Lobby of Children’s and follow the signs to the registration desk.


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