Top Five Myths About Car Seats
When you have kids or take car of kids, there are many different things you have to be concerned with, including transportation using car seats. Driving with small children can be challenging, but car seats shouldn’t be one of those challenges. Keeping small children safe shouldn’t be a puzzle, that’s where Toyota comes in. Toyota has put together the top five myths about car seats just in time for Child Passenger Safety Week.
Toyota worked with Buckle Up For Life to come up with the top five myths and facts about car seats to help you protect young passengers.
Myth: Used car seats are always okay.
Fact: Car seats have expiration dates.
Even though hand-me-downs can be convenient and more affordable, it is important to buy a new car seat depending on the history of the seat. Plastic can degrade over time, so if you have a used car seat, know its history and check the expiration date, which can usually be found on a sticker affixed to the seat and on the registration card.
Myth: Older kids can sit in the front seat.
Fact: Kids under 13 are safest in the back.
Many people that that once a child has out grown their car seat or booster seats, they can also move up to the front seat. The truth is, all children under age 13 are safest in the backseat.
Myth: Seat belts alone protect small children.
Fact: Children shorter than 4’9″ need booster seats
Seat belts don’t properly fit young children and can actually be dangerous in the event of a crash. Children under 4’9″ should sit in booster seats which will elevate them enough to make sure seat belts can protect properly.
Myth: A one year old can ride in a forward facing car seat.
Fact: Children should be rear facing until age two.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should have rear-facing car seats until age two, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat.
Myth: Expensive car seats are safer than others.
Fact: All approved car seats are equally safe.
All car seats must meet the same performance standards as issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Even though seats come at all different prices, the price doesn’t make the seat any safer.
These are just a few myths and facts about car seats. If you are in need of a new vehicle that will accommodate young passengers, check out the lineup at Go Toyota on the Trail. The Toyota Sienna and Toyota RAV4 are particularly useful for young passengers. Schedule a test drive today!