Kids Are Traveling Safe (KATS)
96% Of car seat are installed incorrectly
Best Practice in Child Safety Restraints
Infants and Small Children:
Children are the safest rear facing in an appropriate seat and should remain rear facing until they reach the upper limit of the seat or until the top of their hear extends more than ¾ of an inch above the top of the safety seat. They should ride in the back seat with seat secured correctly. NEVER, NEVER place a rear-facing seat in front of an air bag. Children who have always ridden rear facing do not know any difference. They are concerned with their legs being folded up as they usually pull them up on the seat when they sit.
Children who have out grown a rear-facing seat:
These children should ride in a 5-point harness seat until they reach the upper limit of the seat or the top of their head is ¾ of an inch above the back of the top of the safety seat. They are safer in the back seat. If they must ride in front of an air bag, position vehicle seat in the position in the as far back from the air bag as possible or turn the air bag off. Some of the high back booster seats also so have 5-point harness systems with higher weight limits. Even racecar drivers use a 5-point (or more point) restraint systems.
Children who have out grown forward facing 5-point harness seats:
A booster seat is the next step. Booster seat should always be used with a lap AND shoulder strap. A no back booster set is just as safe as a high back booster AS LONG as the top of the child’s head does no extend more than ¾ inch above the back of the vehicle’s seat or head rest. They should also ride in the back seat. If they must ride in front of an air bag, position the vehicle seat in the position in the as far back from the air bag as possible or turn the air bag off.
Children who have out grown booster seats:
These children should remain in the back seat. If they must ride in front of an air bag, position the vehicle seat in the position in the as far back from the air bag. LEAVE THE AIR BAG TURNED ON. They should sit all the way back against the seat, with the shoulder strap crossing between the neck and shoulder and the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thigh. Their legs should remain in front of them and should be able to reach the floor with their feet planted firmly on the ground.
Best Practice in Child Safety Restraints
- No one, including the dog, should ride in a sideways setting seat.
- No one should ride in a vehicle seat with the back reclined more than the 2nd position. (Check your owner’s manual for any exceptions.)
- Special seats and restraints are available for those with special needs. Contact 740.439.8868 for more information.
- No one should lie on the seat without special restraints.
- Only one seat should be attached to any latching point.
- Seat belts are for one person only and should not be fastened to a different point to provide restraint for a second person.
- Rear-facing infant seat cannot be used as a forwarding-facing seat.
- When restraining a car seat, use only the lap/shoulder belt or the lower latch system unless otherwise instructed by the vehicle or car seat manufacturer.
- New information is always coming and being updated. What we did last year may no longer be current. Always check for the latest information.
Ohio’s Child Passenger Safety Laws
For children from birth to at least 1 year AND 20 pounds, car seats need to be:
- Rear facing
- 5-point harness
- Either a rear facing infant seat or a rear facing convertible seat
- NEVER placed in front of an air bag
For children 8 to 15 years of age (Over 20 pounds AND at least 20 pounds to at least 4-foot 9 inches tall or 8 years of age), the law states that the child should be:
- In an appropriate child safety seat (Follow seat manufacturer’s instructions for weight limits and proper use as weight limits vary.)
- If not secured in a car seat, must be secured in the vehicle’s seat belt.
Call 740.439.8868 for Information regarding child passenger seats, or for help installing seats.
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