Car Seat Safety

Did you know? Three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly. 

When installed and used correctly, child safety seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent among infants, 54 percent among toddlers and 45 percent among children ages 4 – 8. 

CHHD has a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician on site to help!   

CPS Technicians do so much to help keep kids safe, from car seat checks to helping parents and caregivers understand all they can do to prevent unintentional injuries in and around cars. 

​Contact us to schedule an appointment with our technician. 304.523.6483 ext.277. 

Top Tips about Car Seat Safety

  1. Buying the right car seat. Your baby needs to ride in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible until 2 or more years. When your child has outgrown that seat, you are ready for a forward-facing car seat. Get more details about buying the right car seat for your child.
  2. Installing your car seat. You’ll need to decide on using either the seat belt or lower anchors to secure your car seat. Both are safe, but don’t use them both at the same time. Once your child is forward facing, it is important to use the tether with the seat belt or lower anchors. Get more details about installing your car seat.
  3. Getting the right fit. A properly-fitted harness gives the best possible protection for your child. Here are more details about getting the right fit for your child.
  4. When to change your car seat. Look on the car seat label to make sure your child is still within the weight, height and age limits for that seat. Get details about when to change your car seat.

Car Seat Resource Video

Additional Resources

Child Passenger Safety Program of West Virginia

The Ultimate Car Seat Guide- and Basic Tips 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s
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