Take a Car Seat, Kiddo

kids without car seatsDear Mr. Dad: My wife and I are arguing about whether or not we need to put our 4-year old into a car seat on short trips. His daycare is only about 10 minutes from our house and I drop him off on my way to work. He’s a fighter and sometimes, by the time I finally get him into his seat, we could have already been at daycare. I just don’t get the point. So who’s right—me or my wife?

A: Let’s get the most important thing out of the way first: you’re wrong—hopefully you won’t be dead wrong. Worse still, you’re not alone. A new study done by Safe Kids Worldwide (safekids.org) and General Motors Foundation found that 21 percent of parents think it’s okay to skip car seats and booster seats for short drives. It isn’t. Car accidents are one of the top causes of childhood deaths.
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Hey, You Know That Seatbelt Thingy in Your Car? Start Using It!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are the leading cause of death—and a major cause of injury—for children under 3. And car seats are by far the easiest way to reduce those risks. In fact, proper use of car seats reduces infants’ risk of dying in a car by 71%, and by 54% for kids ages 1-4. Emphasis on the word “proper.”

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