Infant car seat safety pointers offered

Fifty per cent of car seats are used incorrectly, reports the York Region based, Mother-To-Be Expo campaign. These mistakes can be deadly. There is something that you can do to make your baby safer. Begin by reading your car seat installation guide.
Visit one of eight GTA Mother-To-Be Expo locations near you, to learn more about how to keep your child safe in his car seat. Following, is a quick checklist of the most common mistakes that you should avoid.
One of the basic points to remember is to make sure that the child seat is not too loose in the car. Test this by grasping, with both hands, the base of the car seat, close to the vehicle safety belt opening. You should not be able to move the car seat more than one inch to either side. Fix this by tightening the seat belt and then locking the seat belt. After you car seat is
securely positioned in the car, you'll need to make sure that your child is tightened into his car seat harness system. If you can still pinch the fabric of the harness straps between your fingers, the harness is too loose. If your child is loose in his harness, he can easily slip out of his car seat in a crash. The harness should be tight and should have no slack.
Your child should remain rear-facing, at least, until he is one year old and weighs 20 pounds. Babies need to fulfill both of these requirements, age and weight in order to become forward facing. No baby should ever be turned forward facing before his first birthday. If your baby weighs less than 20 pounds on his first birthday, keep him rear-facing until he reaches 20 pounds. This is important because the spinal cord bones are still undeveloped. In the case of a collision, an infant's relatively heavy head can catapult forward, spine to expose his spinal cord. This puts him at risk of paralysis and lifethreatening injury.
Use the retainer clip, in the correct position, at all times. The retainer clip should always be placed at armpit level or resting across your child's breastbone. When this clip is in the correct position, the shoulder straps are consequently, automatically, in the

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