Loma Linda University Children's Hospital - Safe Kids - Passenger Safety

Safe Kids

Passenger safety

car seatBuckle up!

  • Most crashes happen close to home at speeds below 35 miles per hour.
  • In a car accident, children who aren't wearing a safety belt could slam into the dashboard, smash another person, or crash through the windshield.
  • Some kids may think seat belts aren't cool. They need to learn that the coolest kids buckle up, as do astronauts, jet pilots, and race car drivers.
  • Each year, car crashes injure and kill more kids than any disease. If used properly, child safety seats and safety belts do protect children in a crash and help save lives.
    "If used properly..." What does that mean?
    Using a child safety seat correctly makes a big difference. Be sure to read, follow, and keep the directions. Use the safety seat until your child outgrows it -- up to age 4 and 40 pounds.
  • When your child weighs between 40 and 60 pounds, use a booster seat as instructed by the manufacturer.

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