Updated: Feb 19
Many of you have probably seen the ProPublica article by now, and I'm sure you have a lot of questions. I'm going to try and address some of them right now.
*Unfortunately in the United States of America there is no federal side impact testing standards. This is with out a doubt something that we should improve on.
*Booster seats are not appropriate for a 30LB child even if the seat's minimum weight allows that.
*Children should remain rear facing until a minimum of 2 years old, but ideally until they reach either the height OR weight limit of their seat. when they meet either of these they will need to move to the next stage
.*Children should remain in a forward facing harnessed seat until a minimum of 5 years old, but Ideally until they meet either the maximum height OR weight limit of their seat
.*Children should remain in a Booster seat until they can pass the 5-step test usually somewhere around the pre-teen years. Every time they ride in the vehicle AND just because they pass in one car does not mean that they will pass in every car. They need to be tested in every car they ride in!
*Children should remain in the back seat for their safety until at least 13 years of age, but ideally until they have gone through puberty and when their bones are fully formed and fused.
*Adult passengers should be roll modeling every ride by sitting properly the whole ride and buckling up every time!