Child Safety Seat
A child safety seat is a device designed to protect children who are too small or too young to sit in the front seat of the car. It attaches to either the back seat or the front passenger’s seat and has belts that go around it securing it into place. Child safety seats are used in conjunction with a seat belt.
Although a government agency called National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends using a car safety seat for all babies and toddlers until they are big enough to fit a regular seat belt. A child who weighs less than 40 pounds should sit in a rear-facing child safety seat. The weight limit varies with the manufacturer of each product, so always consult the owner’s manual on the specific model you have chosen.
In 1990, the ISO standard ISOFIX was launched. This is a standard that helps you fix car seats into different types of cars. The standard now includes a top tether. And the U.S. version of this system is called LATCH. This system is for Group 0, 0+, and 1.
A child safety seat can either be rear-facing or forward-facing protection for your child. Your choice depends upon your child’s age, weight, and height. Different states have different laws regarding the age limit of a child who is required to use a safety seat while traveling in a car or any other vehicle. Most of them require that children should be secured in a child restraint system until they weigh 40 lbs (18 kg). Some of them might set higher limits, so please check with your car insurance provider or local regulations.
Although it is quite true that the child could be seated in an adult seat wearing only a lap belt, there are far greater risks to this practice than to using proper child safety seats or boosters. The use of any child restraints (and the law) depends on the child’s weight, height, and age. These factors are used to select an appropriate restraint based on the dimensions of the vehicle seat in which it is to be installed well.