Car Seat Safety

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More children are killed as passengers in car crashes than from any other type of injury. One of the best things we can do for them is to be sure they use child safety seats every time they ride in a car. Dr. Edward Hill discusses car seats for children in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You should always use a car safety seat for your children, starting with your babys first ride home from the hospital. Never place a child in a rear-facing car safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has an active passenger air bag. The safest place for children to ride is in the back seat of the car.

Be sure your childs safety seat fits him or her well and is installed properly in the vehicle. When the child is 8 to 12 years old and over four feet nine inches tall, he or she can use regular adult seat belts.

Mississippi law requires:

- all children under four years of age to be in child safety seats

- children between four and eight years of age must wear a properly fastened safety seat belt system that meets each childs age and weight requirements, and

Help your child form a lifelong habit of buckling up by always wearing your own seat belt.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.