Your Kids Car Seat is Probably Installed Wrong!
I was reading that it’s estimated that 96% of Child safety restraints, infant seats, car seats, and booster seats are installed incorrectly. This is a mind melting statistic that I had to learn more about. I reached out to @neworleansems who sat down with us to talk about Louisiana’s new 2019 Child Passenger Safety requirements (laws) and some tips to keep your little one safe in their car seat or booster seat. According to the Us Department of transportation, Car seats reduce the risk of infants, that’s under 1 year old, being killed in a car crash by 71% and for toddlers, that’s between 1 and 4 years old, that risk is reduced by 54%. NEW LOUISIANA CAR SEAT LAWS Rear Facing Seats: A child younger than 2 years old must be retrained in a rear-facing child safety seat until the child reaches the maximum weight and height limit of the child safety seat set by the manufacturer. A child must not turn forward facing until he or she has reached both 2 years old and the highest weight and height limit of the child safety seat. The height and weight limits for each child safety seat can be located on the seat labels or in the instruction manual. Forward Facing Seats: A child who is at least 2 years old, and has reached the rear facing weight and height limit of his or her child safety seat set by the manufacturer, must be restrained in a forward facing child safety seat with an internal harness until the child reaches the weight and height limit of the child safety seat in the forward facing mode. Booster Seat: A child must be at least 4 years old and must have outgrown the forward facing weight and height limits of the child safety seat with an internal harness before he or she can transition to a booster seat secured with a lap shoulder seat belt. A child who is at least 9 years old or has outgrown the height and weight limits of the safety seat or booster seat as set by the manufacturer must be restrained with a lap shoulder seat belt on the vehicle seat. The seat belt must fit correctly meeting a 5 step test: The child sits all the way back against the vehicle seat The child’s knees bend over the edge of the vehicle seat The lap belt fits snugly across the child’s thighs or lower hips and not on the abdomen. The shoulder strap snugly across the center of the child’s chest and not the neck The child sits properly, with no slouching or playing with the seat belt. A child younger than 13 years old must ride in the rear seat, when available, in a properly used child restraint system, seat belt, or booster seat.