Car Seat Safety Education
Is your child riding safely? Car seats reduce the chance of injury and death by nearly 70 percent, but only if your child is in the appropriate seat, and the seat is properly installed. The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Program is committed to educating families on ways to stay safe through the Meijer Birth to Booster Program, which focuses on:
- Educating families on traveling safely with children, from newborn to 14 years old
- Improving proper car seat and booster seat use
- Providing families in need with reduced-cost car seats and booster seats
Stage One: Birth to Approximately Two Years
- Children younger than two are best protected riding in a rear-facing car seat. Most convertible seats accommodate rear-facing children up to 35-40 pounds.
- When to turn baby forward-facing: Keep baby rear-facing up to the maximum limits of the infant car seat. Children who reach these limits before two years old should transition to a rear-facing convertible seat.
Stage Two: Approximately Two to Five Years
- Most car seat harnesses can be used until a child reaches 40 pounds, but some seat harnesses have higher weight limits. Check the label on the seat.
- When using a forward-facing convertible seat, be sure to: Use the forward-facing seat belt path; Switch the recline adjuster to the upright position; Use the tether when available.
Stage Three: Recommended Five Years and 50 Pounds, 4'9"
- Booster seats help protect children by lifting them so the lap and shoulder seat belt connects with their strong bones.
- Use the shoulder belt adjuster if the belt touches the child’s neck. It should cross the collarbone and not touch the neck or the shoulder.
Stage Four: Minimum 4'9"
- Is your child 4'9"?
- Does the lap belt sit low across the upper thighs?
- Does the shoulder belt lie across the collarbone—not touching the neck and not off the shoulder?
- When the child’s bottom is scooted all the way back against the seat, do his or her knees bend at the edge of the seat?
- Can the child stay seated that way the entire trip?
Car Seat Safety Check Events
Check our classes and events listings to find one near you.