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Car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children in a crash, yet car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. That's why it's so important to choose and use the right car seat correctly every time your child is in the car. Follow these important steps to choose the right seat, install it correctly and keep your child safe.




Car Seat



In addition to registering your car seat to receive recalls and safety notices from your car seat manufacturer, you can sign up to receive e-mail alerts from NHTSA about car seat and booster seat recalls to make sure your child remains safe.


Have an old, expired or damaged car seat? Bring it to Target during one of our Car Seat Trade-In events and recycle it to redeem a coupon on your Target app or Target.com/circle for 20% off one car seat, one stroller or select baby gear.


From April 16-29, 2023, guests will have the opportunity to recycle an old, expired or damaged car seat and redeem a coupon on their Target app or Target.com/circle for 20% off one car seat, stroller or select baby gear. The coupon can be redeemed through May 13, 2023.


Keeping your kids safe when you are on the road is your top priority. This section will provide information regarding car seat installation, car seat laws, and locating a local car seat inspection site.


Get your car seat professionally checked by a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) at a car seat check up event or a car seat inspection station. Or attend an educational workshop to learn more. Find your state on the left to locate a car seat event near you. Or find an inspection station, a site with regularly scheduled car seat checks.


Our certified car seat technicians will help you learn about your car seat and guide you through the process of installing your car seat correctly. Be prepared to learn, our certified car seat technicians are trained to teach you.


Each year millions of children are injured due to improper installation of infant/children car safety seats. Properly installed car seats and booster seats reduce the chance of death in a motor vehicle crash by 71% for infants under 1 year and 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years of age according to statistics (Oklahoma State Department of Health). The Owasso Fire Department in conjunction with Safe Kids Worldwide provides trained staff that can assist with guidance and the proper installation of your child safety seat.


In the rear-facing position, recline the car seat according to the manufacturer's instructions so that your child's head doesn't flop forward. Babies must ride semireclined to keep their airways open. Many seats include angle indicators or adjusters to guide you. Keep in mind that as your child grows, you might need to adjust the angle. Check the manufacturer's instructions for details.


Resist the urge to place your child's car seat in the forward-facing position just so that you can see him or her in your rearview mirror. Riding rear facing is now recommended for as long as possible, until a child reaches the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer. You can start with a convertible seat, which can be used rear facing and, later, forward facing and typically has a higher rear-facing weight and height limit than does an infant-only seat. Or you can switch from an infant-only seat to a convertible car seat as your baby grows.


Vivien Williams: Injury Prevention Coordinator, Kim Lombard, says the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children stay in rear-facing car seats until they reach the maximum height and weight limits for each car seat.


Vivien Williams: Kids come in different sizes, and Lombard says paying attention to the height and weight limits ensures that we're using the car seat the way it's designed to be used.


Vivien Williams: Rear-facing car seats protect a child's head, neck and spine in a crash. Check the car seat's owners' manual for height and weight limits, so you know when it's time to move to a different model. For the Mayo Clinic News Network, I'm Vivien Williams.


Older children need booster seats to help an adult seat belt fit correctly. You can switch from a car seat to a booster seat when your child has topped the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer. Remember, however, that your child is safest remaining in a car seat with a harness for as long as possible.


If you have questions about child passenger safety laws or need help installing a car seat, participate in a local car seat clinic or inspection event. You can also check with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for help finding a car seat inspection station.


Infant-only seats fit newborns and smaller infants best. They are used only as rear-facing seats (this means the baby faces the back of the car). Infant-only seats are for babies from birth until they reach around 35 pounds (about 16 kilograms), depending on the model. You'll need to use another seat when the baby outgrows the seat.


Infant-only safety seats are convenient because they also can be used as carriers, chairs, or rockers when not used in the car. Many models hook into a base, and the base can stay in the car. Some can be clicked into strollers.


If you have no choice and must place a child in the front (that is, if your car is a two-seater or if the car seat will not fit in the back seat), turn off the airbag and push the seat as far back as it will go.


Need help installing your child's car seat? The Thornton Fire Department is here to assist you with in-person events and virtual appointments. Virtual appointments are conducted via Zoom or FaceTime and will utilize installation videos, checks for- recalls, proper strap/harness placement and tightness, and discuss overall safety.


Event and appointment information is listed below. Event dates will be updated monthly. We do not encourage you to stop by a station, why?? Not all firefighters are Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician's. They may also get called out to an emergency and leave you with an uninstalled car seat. It is best to attend an event.


You may be overwhelmed by all the car seat options on the market, but that's because every child is different! Luckily that's why our trained specialists are here, and are able to help you determine the right one to suit your unique needs. (Rest assured, though, all the seats currently available on the market pass the federal safety standards, and as a result, every seat can be considered safe and provides the basic level of safety protection required by US Federal law.)


The well-being of our families, staff, and communities is of our utmost priority. In light of guidelines designed to reduce the potential for unnecessary exposure of our communities to COVID-19, we are offering in-person car seat checks at our state fitting stations and virtual car seat checks where we perform the safety checks via a video call. In-person car seat checks require all participants to wear a face mask, regardless of age.


To schedule a virtual appointment, please contact the Office of Highway Safety Fitting Station Coordinators listed below. You will need a phone or tablet with a camera for your virtual car seat check.


Appointments for car seat inspections can be requested by emailing CarseatsPD@brooklinema.gov. Inspections are done by appointment only and are conducted at the Brookline Police Department.


The purpose of this program is to allow for parents and caregivers to leave the station with the confidence to install their own car seat in the future. In preparation for your appointment please familiarize yourself with the car seat and install the seat in your vehicle, and it will be assessed and corrected if necessary by one of our certified technicians.


A car seat is the seat used in automobiles. Most car seats are made from inexpensive but durable material in order to withstand prolonged use. The most common material is polyester.[citation needed]


A bucket seat is a separate seat with a contoured platform designed to accommodate one person, distinct from a bench seat that is a flat platform designed to seat up to three people. Individual bucket seats typically have rounded backs and may offer a variety of adjustments to fit different passengers.


Early touring cars featured folding auxiliary seats to offer additional passenger capacity.[1] Some early automobiles were available with an exterior rumble seat that folded open into an upholstered seat for one or two passengers.


The lumbar is the region of the spine between the diaphragm and the pelvis; it supports the most weight and is the most flexible. The adjustable lumbar mechanisms in seats allow the user to change the seat back shape in this region, to make it more comfortable and include adjustable lumbar cushion. Some seats are long enough to support full thigh and follow back curves.


The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act enacted by the U.S. in 1966 established standards of strength for automobile seats.[3] These included requirements for proper anchorage and construction of automobile vehicle seat assemblies.[4] The legal requirements in some jurisdictions [5] for a child to sit up front is 150 cm (5 ft) and they must weigh more than 36 kg (80 lb). Some studies have shown that drivers have an aversion towards carrying the full capacity number of passengers due to concerns over insufficient vision through the back window.[6]


In suitably equipped cars, seats and mirrors can be adjusted using electric controls. Some vehicles let the driver(s) save the adjustments in memory (memory seat) for later recall, with the push of a button. Most systems allow users to store more than one set of adjustments. This allows multiple drivers to store their comfort settings, or a single driver to store several different occupant positions. Some vehicles associate memorized settings with a specifically numbered, remotely operated key fob, resetting a seat to the position associated with that fob when the vehicle is unlocked (e.g. key fob #1 sets seats to memory position #1, #2 to #2, etc.). 041b061a72


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