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Car seat safety for infants to adults (plus pets)

On Behalf of | May 10, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car seat safety is paramount for every traveler, from the tiniest newborn to beloved pets. Proper restraint systems significantly reduce the risk of injury or worse in the event of a crash.

There are key safety practices across different age groups, including infants, children aged 13 and above and even furry companions. Understanding these practices can greatly decrease the likelihood of disaster on the road.

Infant car seats

For infants, rear-facing car seats are the gold standard. This position provides optimal protection for their delicate bodies in the event of a collision. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping infants in rear-facing seats until they reach the maximum weight or height limit allowed by the seat manufacturer.

Proper fit of seatbelt

As children grow into adolescence and adulthood, proper seatbelt fit becomes a necessity. The seatbelt should lie snugly across the upper thighs and chest, not across the stomach or neck. This ensures that in the event of a crash, the force distribution applies to the strongest parts of the body, reducing the risk of injury.

Illinois law and pet safety

In Illinois, pet owners must adhere to laws regarding pet transportation. Just like with human passengers, the law requires restraining pets while traveling in a vehicle. This not only prevents distractions for the driver but also ensures the safety of the pet and other passengers in the event of sudden stops or accidents. Investing in pet seat belts or carriers designed for vehicle use is a responsible choice for every pet owner.

Whether you are a parent, pet owner or just a frequent traveler, prioritizing car seat safety is non-negotiable. By following recommended guidelines and laws, you can ensure the well-being of all passengers, human and furry alike, on your journeys.