Child Passenger Safety Week is next week, friends! The goal of this nationally recognized week is to provide a reminder for parents and any other adults who travel with children just how important it is to buckle them up! The primary focus leans on seat belt and car seat safety, and our Orlando Toyota dealership is here to give you a refresher course on how to safely buckle up your smaller passengers! Let’s get started!
Toyota of Orlando has the facts you need about children and seat belts
Each and every new Toyota in Orlando that we sell has a 3-point seat belt for every seating position inside the cabin. You should ALWAYS ensure that every passenger is securely buckled into their seat before you put your car in motion! To ensure a child is big enough to actually use a seatbelt (this is where car seat safety comes into play), get out your measuring tape. Kids shorter than 4’9″ typically need a booster seat so the seat belt fits them properly. The belt should go snugly across their waist and over their chest, and not ride up to their stomachs or necks! Also, kids under 13 should always be in the backseat of the car.
Get car seat safety tips from our dealership before you hit the road!
Now let’s talk Orlando Toyota car seat safety for your child! Here are the basic things you should know about car seat safety:
- You should make sure the car seat is installed correctly. All of our Orlando Toyota cars have the LATCH system to make it easy; the lower anchors in this system attach the car seat to the seat itself, which makes removal easier. The tethers enhance the safety of the car seat. You can follow instructions provided with the car seat, but you can also visit your local police or fire station for guidance if you’re not sure you’re doing it properly.
- Don’t use a “used” car seat. It may have been damaged or weakened unknowingly by the last owner, and you don’t want to run the risk of your child being injured in an accident because the seat didn’t do its job! Additionally, car seats DO have expiration dates, as the materials used to build them may degrade or weaken over time.
- Children should use a rear-facing car seat until they turn two! This is a basic rule of Orlando Toyota car seat safety – after your child turns two, you can switch them into a front-facing seat (but still keep them in the back – car seats should never be used in the front passenger seat!).
- You can graduate your child to a booster seat once they’ve outgrown the weight/height requirements for their car seat; this will help to ensure that the seat belt fits them properly and protects them.
The rules are simple, but they are important to abide by so you know you’re doing your job as a parent when it comes to car seat safety. If you have questions about car seats or the LATCH system, or want to check out some safe new Toyota in Orlando, come see us today! We’re at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall!