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It is essential to correctly position the vehicle belts on your growing child for protection in a crash Each car seat and vehicle type is different. Be sure to read the instruction manual for your car seat and the owner's manual for your vehicle before your first ride with a new baby. Doing it right takes a little extra time, but that effort is one of the best investments you can make. Congratulations on the birth of your new baby and safe driving! Selecting a SAFER Convertible Car Seat: Secure fit in your vehicle Added tether strap Five point harness Easy to install correctly Reinforced, sturdy frame 5 important safety reminders

Never place a rear-facing infant in a car seat in the path of an airbag.

The safest place for your child's car seat is in the back seat of the vehicle. This is the area that is most protected from the impact of a crash.

Not all car seats can be installed securely and snugly in all vehicles. When installed, make sure your car seat doesn't move more than 1" either forward or backwards or side-to-side. A loose fit can be dangerous.

A top tether strap is an additional belt that attaches the top of the forward-facing convertible car seat directly to the vehicle. It reduces the forward motion of the car seat in a crash, significantly reducing the potential for injury.

The 5-point harness system on a convertible car seat is preferred over other restraint systems by many car seat safety experts. One belt goes over each shoulder and across each hip, and one goes between the child's legs. It provides excellent containment in a crash. It is important to ensure that the harness system fits snugly on your child.

To find a Safety Seat Inspection Station in your area, go to http://www.seatcheck.org/

Air Bag Safety:

Air bags save lives. They work best when everyone is buckled and children are properly restrained in the back seat. Children riding in the front seat can be seriously injured or killed when an air bag comes out in a crash. An air bag is not a soft, billowy pillow. To do its important job, an air bag comes out of the dashboard at up to 200 miles per hour - faster than the blink of an eye. It is designed to inflate in any frontal collision over about 12 mph. The force of an air bag can hurt those who are too close to it. Drivers can prevent air bag-related injuries to adults and children by following these critical safety points:

Children 12 and under should ride buckled up in a rear car seat.

Infants in rear facing car seats should NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger side air bag.

Everyone should buckle up with both lap AND shoulder belts on every trip.

Driver and front passenger seats should be moved as far back as practical, particularly for shorter statured people.