Do you know the new car seat rules?
By Aimee Heckel
Your kid may not be safe in his car seat. Again.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has released new car seat rules (yes, again), slated to go into effect in February.
The new rules focus on the latch or seat belt. Here’s the breakdown:
- The previous rule: Kids up to 65 pounds could be safely strapped into anchors in vehicles.
- The new rule: The combined weight of kids plus the car seat itself are only safe in the anchors.
What to do?
- Weigh your car seat and your child to assure it is within the weight limit. If you are in doubt, call the manufacturer and ask how much the car seat weighs, or check online.
- If the combined weight is above 65 pounds, use the seat belt, instead of the latch method.
- Visit a fire station or Car Seat Inspection Station to have your car seat professionally examined, to assure you have secured it properly.
- Familiarize yourself with Parents Central, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website about keeping kids safe with cars. Visit the special page about car seats here.
- Also, check the recall list to make sure your current car seat is not on it.
If you still feel unsure, you can always pick up a new car seat, which will be sold with stickers outlining the change. Find a variety of car seats at Toys R Us. Save money on the car seat with these Toys R Us coupons, and pair them with Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com. Read more articles about Toys R Us here.
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When picking out a new car seat for your child:
- Make sure it fits your child’s size and age.
- Make sure it fits your vehicle properly.
- Pick a car seat that is easy to install correctly.
Did you know?
Three out of four car seats are not used properly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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