Children's Car Safety

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. But many of these deaths can be prevented. Dr. Edward Hill talks about childrens car safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

All children younger than 12 years should ride in the back seat of the car. This is safer if there is a crash. If your child is not big enough to fit into a safety belt, he or she should use a child safety seat or a booster seat.

When the safety belt fits, your child should be able to sit with:

back against the cars seat

legs bent over the front of the seat

the lap belt low and tight

the shoulder belt across the middle of the chest and middle of the collarbone

If your child is very young, the seat should face the back of the car. The back of the safety seat helps support the head and neck during a crash.

Child safety seats are made in different sizes. Your seat will have a label on it that tells you what size child it fits.

A booster seat helps the seat belt fit better for older children who are not big enough for the safety belt alone.

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