Health & Safety

June 8, 2012

Child seat safety

Getting the right seat for your child

by Jeremy Maddox
452 AMW Ground Safety

Summer is upon us and for some of our Airmen that means a lot of vacation travel time with the family. While some choose to fly to their destinations, others opt for the classic road trip, especially if they are traveling with infants or toddlers. To ensure the safety of our small children while driving, we must make sure to place them in a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommended child restraint seat.

According to the NHTSA, three out of four car seats are incorrectly installed. Some may think that installing a car seat is as easy as fastening the belt to the seat, but contrary to belief, there are a series of steps that need to be understood and followed prior to purchase and installation:

1. Select the right car seat. Make sure the seat you purchase is manufactured after January 1, 1981 (it should be labeled). Ensure the seat is certified as meeting all federal motor vehicle standards. Also, check for manufacturer warranties and recalls.

2. Ensure you purchase the seat that corresponds with your child’s height and weight. Make sure your child fits in the seat properly and comfortably.

3. If possible, do not risk your child’s safety by purchasing a used car seat, or by accepting a hand-me-down car seat. Material fatigue, micro-cracks, and belt wear can be present without your knowledge.

4. Make sure you take time to read the car seat instruction manual and the automobile manual thoroughly to familiarize yourself with the mechanisms, location of equipment, and car-to-seat compatibility.

There are varieties of car seats that are available, ranging from infant car seats to toddler booster seats. As for California residents, all children younger than eight years old, or under four feet and nine inches in height, must be secured in a car seat or booster. In addition, all kids younger than eight must be seated and buckled in the back seat. Children under the age of one, weighing less than twenty pounds, may not ride in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with an active passenger side airbag, even if in a rear facing infant seat (California Vehicle Code Division 12, Chapter 5, Article 3.3, Section 27360).

For more information, visit http://www.safercar.gov/parents/InstructionalVideos.htm to watch instructional videos, or call the Department of Transportation Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, both courtesy of the NHTSA. If you would like to seek help locally, a certified technician can check your installation and answer questions. Visit www.seatcheck.org to find the nearest inspection station. If you have further questions, contact the Wing Safety Office at 951-655-4481.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan

Mega-Code 14: Preparing March for joint medical operations

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan Senior Airman Kerry Diehl-Hauser (left) and Maj. Lorna Figueras, 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, help transfer a simulated patient from an ambulance to a C-17 Globemaster ...
 
 

SAPR: More than an Air Force Acronym

As an Airman and a senior leader in the Air Force Reserve, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impacts of sexual assault on an Air Force organization. Regardless of your unit or military status, Active or Reserve, no one is immune to these impacts nor absolved of their responsibility to combat the instances of sexual assault...
 
 
Untitled-1

March Baseball Championship

Members of the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing (top) beat a team from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing to win the 2014 March Field baseball championship trophy. The 452 AMW members (bottom) were the base runners-up and league champions.
 

 
HBI-Graphic

Access to Care

Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care. The standards are straightforward. If a patien...
 
 
flu_gov

Flu season just around corner

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and flu season is just around the corner. Although seasonal flu usually peaks in January or February, it can occur as early as October which means our annual Flu Campaign is r...
 
 

SECAF: Air Force grapples with Congress to fund readiness

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — To balance readiness today and modernization tomorrow, the Air Force’s fiscal year 2015 budget request is shrinking like today’s defense budget thanks to Congress’s own priorities and the approaching threat of sequestration in 2016, Air Force leaders said July 30. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin