Car Seat Installation and Auto Safety Tips for your Child
Saunders Medical Center's family puts your child's health and safety as a priority.
Installing car seats can be confusing and challenging. Our team, including Kelsey Foehlinger, LPN | SMC's Certified Car Seat Technician, is here to assist you! We provide events for car seat checks and can work directly with you too! For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 402 443-4191.
The good news is,
- Car seat use reduces the risk for injury in a crash by 71–82% for children, when compared with seat belt use alone.
- Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children age 4–8, when compared with seat belt use alone.
- For older children and adults, seat belt use reduces the risk for death and serious injury by about half. Source
Additional statistics of interest:
- Restraint use among young children often depends upon the driver’s seat belt use. Almost 40% of children riding with unbelted drivers were themselves unrestrained.
More than two-thirds of fatally injured children were killed while riding with a drinking driver.
In 2020, based on known restraint use, 65 percent of the children riding with unrestrained passenger vehicle drivers were also unrestrained.
Of the 1,093 children killed in traffic crashes, 229 (21%) were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2020.
For more information, please visit these sites that have additional information:
If you are asking "at what age or weight should I be in a forward vs. rear-facing car seat" or "when do I move my child to a booster seat or seat belt," you are in the right place! Learn details to assist you in properly installing your car seat for the safety of your child.
Over 325 children under the age of 5 were saved by car seats in a year. Link includes car seat finder by weight, height and age. Learn much more here!
Source: United States Department of Transportation
Car seat use reduces the risk for injury in a crash by 71–82% for children, when compared with seat belt use alone. Learn more here!