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What tips or advice do you have or use in order to protect your child from sustaining a serious injury if you are involved in a car wreck or car crash?

The most important thing for parents to remember is that, in order to reap the safety benefits of safety seats and belts, they must be used properly.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) parents and caregivers should keep children in a restraint type seat for as long as possible before moving them up to the next type of seat. For instance, keep your child in a rear facing position as long as possible to reduce stress on the neck and spinal cord. Therefore, it is recommended to keep a child in a rear facing seat as long as the child fits within the height and weights limits.

Other safety tips include:

– Always read the child seat manufacturers’ instructions.
– Always read the vehicle owner’s manual for information on installation and how to use the seat belt or another safety device.
– Choose a car seat for your child based upon your child’s age and size.
– Never allow a child in a rear facing car seat to ride in the front seat of a vehicle with an active passenger air bag.

Unfortunately, there are car accidents and car wrecks everyday in Harrisburg, Central Pennsylvania and around the Commonwealth where children are injured because of not following the above safety tips. For more information on protecting your child from sustaining injuries in a car wreck or car accident go to the NHTSA website at www.nhtsa.gov.

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