Message Monday - Secure your child's future. Use the right car seat

9-21 secure your childs futureRear-facing, front-facing, infant seat, or booster – which car seat is safest for your child?

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations’ Right Seat website, there are three factors specific to your child that go into choosing the appropriate seat – age, height, and weight.

Many people think that once their children outgrow baby car seats, they should begin to use the seat belts built into a vehicle. According to NHTSA, for their safety, many kids 8 to 12 years old still need to use a booster seat to allow the vehicle’s seat belts to fit properly. Make sure they ride in a booster seat until they outgrow the size limits of their booster, or until they are big enough for an adult seat belt to fit them properly.

A properly fitting seat belt means:

  • The shoulder belt lies snugly across the shoulder and chest, not crossing the neck or face.
  • The lap belt lies snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach.
  • Make sure your child is buckled up properly on every trip and remember to keep them in the back seat at least through age 12. Learn more about the proper fit.

You love them enough ...

For 2020, there have been 228 fatalities reported. That is an increase of six since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office  of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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