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Worksheet Car Seat Safety

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Lesson: #0033 Pack: First Year Pack

Answer each question below. Circle the correct multiple choice answer. Write answers for open ended questions.

1) Properly installed car seats reduce the risk of death by as much as _______ percent.

a) 51 b) 71 c) 91

d) I don't know

2) Car seats installed with ___________ are twice as likely to be installed correctly than seats installed using the vehicle’s seat belts.

a) latch b) care c) duct tape d) I don't know

3) The NHTSA recommends that you keep your child __________ for as long as possible.

a) Forward-facing b) Rear-facing c) In the front seat d) I don't know

4) An infant-only seat comes with a _________, which you install in your car, and the seat simply snaps in and out of it.

a) shell b) bar c) base

d) I don't know

5) The convertible seats ___________ from a rear- facing to a forward-facing seat with a harness.

a) listen b) change c) lift

d) I don't know

6) A combination seat transitions from a forward- facing seat with a harness to a ___________

seat that uses your car’s seat belts.

a) booster b) bench c) back

d) I don't know

7) The booster seat correctly positions the seat belt to fit over the _____________ parts of a child’s body.

a) weakest b) thinnest c) strongest d) I don't know

8) The ____________ booster seat also correctly positions the seat belts, but it doesn’t provide head and neck support.

a) backless b) reckless c) careless d) I don't know

9) It is recommended that all children, no matter their height or weight, ride in the back seat until age _____.

a) 10 b) 13 c) 21

d) I don't know

10) Carefully read your ___________ owner's manual, along with the car seat instruction manual to install your child's car seat properly.

a) vehicle's b) trailer's c) television's d) I don't know

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Car Seat Safety F act S heet

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Child car seats use their own restraints that are positioned correctly for the size of your child.

Installing Your Child’s Car Seat

Latch makes installing a car seat very simple. In fact, car seats installed with latch are twice as likely to be installed correctly than seats installed using the vehicle seat belts.

The tether strap in forward-facing seats is often overlooked or misunderstood by parents. The tether strap prevents a forward-facing car seat from flipping forward in a crash or a hard stop. Look in your owner’s manual to find where the anchors are in your car.

Start off by carefully reading your vehicle owner’s manual together with a car seat instruction manual to determine how to install your child’s car seat. You’ll need to know how you’re going to secure the seat in your car. You’ll either use the latch system or the seat belts.

Car Seat Checklist

Modern-day car seats are designed specifically for babies and work very well in preventing serious inju- ry when used correctly. That is the key, though. They must be used correctly. The following is a checklist you can use before you ride with your child in a vehicle.

‰ Check your car seat’s expiration date. All car seats have expiration dates somewhere on them, usually on the manufacturer’s label. Six (6) years is the general expiration recommendation by the manu- facturer. The reason for these limits involve possible degradation of the plastic shell or other parts, the possible loss/breakage of parts, and the fact that older seats sometimes do not meet current government safety standards.1

‰ Read the instruction booklet that comes with your car seat. Check to be sure the seat is the correct size for your child’s age and weight.2

‰ Decide where the car seat should be installed. The safest place in the vehicle is the rear center seat.

Never put a rear-facing car seat in front of an airbag.3

‰ Every car seat needs to be installed using either the lower anchors (LATCH) or the seat belt to secure it in place. If you choose to use a seat belt to install your car seat, pay close attention to how to lock your seat belt in the vehicle owner’s manual.2

‰ Because every car seat and vehicle is different, it’s important to follow all instructions carefully. Fol- low the manufacturer’s installation directions. The car seat must be secured tightly in the vehicle. It should not move side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch when pulled at the belt path. If it is a forward-facing seat and has a tether strap, connect it to the tether anchor and tighten. This step is very important as it limits forward head movement in a crash.2

‰ Check to see that the harness straps are not twisted. Are the harness straps in the slot at or below the infant’s shoulder (rear-facing) and at or above the toddler’s shoulder (forward-facing) in the re- inforced slot?2 The greatest degradation of car seat safety results from the combination of a slightly loose harness with mild twisting and having the harness straps positioned too far below the shoul- ders.4

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‰ When you buckle your child in, check the harness straps. They should be snug. The harness is snug enough when extra material cannot be pinched at the shoulder.2

‰ Check the harness chest clip. It should be at armpit level to hold harness straps over the shoulders.2

‰ Do you buckle up every time you get in the car to go somewhere? Everyone in the car should model

“buckling up.” Make it a rule that the car does not go until all the buckles are snapped.3

Make sure your car seat is installed correctly. Go to www.safercar.gov to look up a Child Car Seat In- spection Station near you. This service is free and will give you an opportunity to see if you have done it correctly. It may take a few minutes, but those few minutes may save your child from serious injury or death.

Child passenger restraint requirements vary based on age, weight and height. Often, this happens in three stages: infants use rear-facing infant seats; toddlers use forward-facing child safety seats;

and older children use booster seats.

Requirements also vary by the state you live in. See the laws in your state at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/

Your child's safety depends on you and your correct use of your car seats and restraints.

Resources include:

1. Graco. Car Seat Expiration. Found at http://www.gracobaby.com/en-US/carseat-expiration, accessed 1/22/2019.

2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Car Seats and Booster Seats. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation. Found at https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#35091, accessed 1/22/2019.

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Child Passenger Safety. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, September 18, 2018. Found at https://www.cdc.gov/features/passengersafety/index.html, accessed 1/22/2019.

4. Tai, Anna, Lynne E. Bilston, and Julie Brown. “The cumulative effect of multiple forms of minor incorrect use in forward facing child restraints on head injury risk.” ESV Paper (2011): 11-0118.

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Homework Car Seat Safety

12/01/2021 Printed:

Lesson: #0033 Pack: First Year Pack

Answer each question below. Circle the correct multiple choice answer. Write answers for open ended questions.

1) Child car seats use their own ___________ that are positioned correctly for the size of your child.

a) pieces b) wheels c) restraints d) I don't know

2) The tether strap in forward facing seats is often ______________ or misunderstood by parents.

a) remembered b) overlooked c) viewed d) I don't know

3) The ____________ strap prevents a forward facing car seat from flipping forward in a crash or a hard stop.

a) leather b) ratchet c) tether d) I don't know

4) Start off by carefully reading your vehicle owner's manual _________ a car seat

instruction manual to determine how to install your child's car seat.

a) Together with b) While ignoring c) Instead of d) I don’t know

5) You’ll need to know how you’re going to ____________ the seat in your car.

a) secure b) store c) throw d) I don't know

6) You can find a nearby car seat inspection station with a ____________ installation tech by going to www.safercar.gov.

a) thoughtful b) certified c) cautious d) I don't know

7) What are some ways you can make sure your child's car seat is correctly installed?

8) What would you do if your child began crying or having a fit while you were driving?

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CAR SEAT SAFETY

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S piritual a pplication

Keeping a child safe is an important part of being a parent. God has given us a responsi- bility to watch over our children both physically and spiritually. Using what God has given you, including this training on car seat safety, you can help protect your child. Pray for your child, pray for your safety, and use the tools He has given us.

Doing

• Seek instruction for how to keep your child safe: “Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.” Proverbs 19:20 NLT

Trusting

• Ask God to give you peace in any worries or stress: “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27

Knowing

• Know that God is with you and your child: ”The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

Prayer

“Lord God, I want to keep my child safe. Please give me the wisdom to do those things which are wise. And Lord, help me trust you in the things I can’t control. I know you love me and my child;

help me to be able to rest in that. Thank you for being amazingly awesome. Amen.”

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