How to Put a Child in a Car: A Simple Chart

c23vD.gif

In light of the buzz surrounding the findings in the article we published this morning as our Study of the Day, "We Are Pathetically Failing at Safely Putting Children in Cars" -- only 3 percent of children aged 1-3 remain in rear-facing car seats, only 2 percent of children over 7 remain in booster seats, etc -- it seems we would all benefit from passing along the complete recommendations on how to put kids in cars.  

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, proper use of safety restraints can reduce the chances of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. 

The authors of the study make three main suggestions:

  • Parents should be encouraged to keep their children in rear-facing car seats beyond their first year. 
  • Children should remain in booster seats until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall, which is when they will fit properly in an adult seatbelt. 
  • The front seat should be off-limits to all children under the age of 13.

For more specific information on what's best for your child, the most helpful and digestible recommendations come in this flow chart from the American Academy of Pediatrics:


flowchart.jpg


If that's too overwhelming, or you decide adult-sized cars are just too dangerous, the other option is to never put your child in a real car. Here's a bonus flowchart for choosing which campy Power Wheels brand electric dune-buggy is right for your (grossly gender-stereotyped) little one:
Untitled-3.jpg


I had an 18-Volt Porsche 911 and I turned out just fine.
Presented by

Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon and a former writer and producer for The Atlantic's Health Channel.

The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Health

Just In