How to Keep Your Child Safe While Driving

child automobile safetyHow to Keep Your Child Safe While Driving

Child Automobile Safety

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe while riding in a vehicle. Each year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes – tragedies that could have been prevented.

The chart below lists guidelines to help you select a safety seat for your child. It is important to choose the right seat in order to protect your child from injury in case of an accident.

Age Group

Seat Type 

General Guidelines for Child Automobile Safety


Rear-Facing Infant Seat

All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat until they are 2 years old until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.

Toddlers/ Preschoolers:

Forward-Facing Seat
with Harness

All children 2 years and up should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.

School-Aged Children (Age 4-12):

Booster Seat

All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits correctly.

Older Children:

Seat Belts

When children are old enough to use the vehicle’s seat belt, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts. All children younger than 13 years should ride in the back seats of vehicles.

Correctly Positioning a Seat Belt for an Older Child

When your child is old enough to wear lap and shoulder seat belts, it is important to know the correct way to wear one to prevent injury. A lap and shoulder seat belt fits correctly when:

  • the shoulder belt lies across the middle of the chest and shoulder, not the neck or throat
  • the lap belt is across the upper thighs, not the stomach.

Make sure your child does not put the seat belt behind their back or under their arm. This leaves their upper body unprotected and prone to severe injury in an accident.

What to Do if You’re in an Accident

If you or your child have been injured in a Michigan car accident, call Thurswell Law today to determine your legal rights. You may be entitled to collect monetary damages for pain and suffering, medical and hospital bills, loss of income, and more. Call us toll-free 1-866-354-5544.

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