As a parent, whenever you drive on North Carolina roadways with your children in the car, you probably give some thought to their safety. It is your job as the parent to ensure you do everything possible to keep them safe. Car accidents can cause severe injuries and even death, which makes car safety even more important.
There are many ways to keep your kids safe in the car, from being a defensive driver to ensuring they buckle up. However, for children under the age of 13, proper safety harnesses and seats, along with correct positioning is essential to preventing serious injuries in the event of an auto accident.
Car and Boost Seat Recommendations
According to Time, the most recent guidelines about the use of car and booster seats were released in 2011. These recommendations highlight that children should always ride in the backseat until they are 13 years old. In addition, children under two years old should be in a rear-facing car seat. There is a note that if the child reaches the height and weight as specified by the manufacturer before they reach two, the manufacturer's directions should be followed, which may mean moving the child to a forward-facing position.
Children should be in a car seat until they reach the maximum height and weight as stated by the manufacturer. Once a child is around the age of eight, he or she should be moved to a booster seat and keep using that booster seat until the age of 12. Booster seats may also be used once a child reaches a height of 4 feet 9 inches.
These guidelines are general recommendations from experts on what will best keep your child safe in an accident situation. States have their own laws that do not necessarily match these guidelines. You should always follow the law when it comes to safety seats, but you can also choose to go beyond what the law requires, such as keeping your child in a booster seat for longer.