There’s really no way to avoid it. You’re going to be traveling a lot during the holiday season. If you’ve got kids in school, you might be gearing up for another season of basketball practice. Regardless of where you’re headed, it’s good to keep your kids protected while they’re in your vehicle.
One the eve of the busiest travel season of the year, Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s have released a “New Holiday Traditions for Child Passenger Safety” to help parents with holiday safety travel.
More than 42 million Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving along with millions more in the coming month before the Christmas season. While vehicles today are safer than ever, car crashes are still the number one death for children in the U.S. Car seats have the ability to prevent or reduce the chance of injury for a child during a car crash. However, if they are not properly installed, the chances of survival are reduced during the event of a crash.
Holiday Travel Child Passenger Safety Tips from Toyota:
Make sure everyone in your extended family is on the same page when it comes to child seat safety. If kids travel with their uncle or aunt, make sure they know how to properly use you child’s car seat.
Stop re-gifting old car seats! You have no real idea of the safety history of a used child seat and that can spell danger to the next child who sits inside.
Car seats can expire too. So check the expiration dates on your seat like you would your Christmas leftovers.
Kids under 4’9″ should always sit in a special booster seat to raise them high enough so a seat belt can protect them.
Young children need to face backwards. While we look ahead to a new year, let’s make sure children under 2 years face the year of the vehicle in their car seat.