Buckling up the right way on every ride is the single most important thing a family can do to stay safe in the car. Child restraints and seat belts, when installed and used properly, can prevent injuries and save lives.
For the best possible protection, keep your baby in a rear-facing child safety seat in a back seat for as long as possible - up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. The "12 months and 20 pounds" rule that many parents cite when turning their child forward-facing in the car is actually the minimum size and age requirement for that change. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation is to keep children rear-facing to at least age 2. Children’s heads are the biggest and heaviest part of their body, and their necks are the weakest. So turning a child forward-facing too soon could lead to serious spinal cord injuries.
Check out the Wisconsin Child Car Seat Law to learn more about the best way to keep your child safe in the car!
Watch Zero In Wisconsin: How to Properly Use Child Safety Seats, videos that cover Infant, Toddler and Booster seats.
Outagamie County Public Health has staff trained as Child Passenger Safety Technicians. Visit us at one of our Car Seat Check Events or call the Public Health Office for more information at (920) 832-5100.
~Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death to children 3-14 in the United States. For every fatality, approximately 18 children are hospitalized and more than 400 receive medical treatment.~