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4 Steps To Safety

The Right Seat Matters

A crash can happen any time-even if you are a good driver. It is important to use the right type of restraint based upon your child’s age and size. As your child grows up, follow these four steps – one step at a time – to keep your child safe in the car.

1. Rear Facing Baby Seat

Babies from birth to 9 – 12 months (up to 13kg) should stay in a rear facing seat for as long as possible. However, it is dangerous to use a rear facing seat in the front if your car has an air bag on the passenger side.

2. Toddler Seat

These seats can be used from birth to 18kg. Rear facing is advised for as long as possible, thereafter forward facing. Make sure the seat is properly installed.

3. Booster Seat

When your child has outgrown the toddler seat (shoulder is higher than the highest adjustment) move up to a booster seat. They are not yet big enough to be safe in an adult seat belt.

4. Seat Belts

By the age of 10/11 or 1.5m your child is tall enough to graduate to a normal seat belt. Make sure they stay buckled up!

Below is a video by Raising Arizona Kids, explaining what parents can do to properly install safety seats to keep their kids safe on the road.

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