Car Seats: What To Know Before Your Next Road Trip

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car seat photoBy Eileen Gunn

Getting ready for Tiny Traveler’s first car trip—home from the hospital— we realized her car seat straps were pulled as tight as possible and we had no idea how to loosen them.

We looked the car seat over thoroughly, couldn’t find anything resembling a strap release and started to calling all of our friends who had babies and cars (not a given in New York City). Someone finally answered, clued us in the secret and off we went with our new family member in tow.

It was a lesson that car seats and booster seats can be more complicated than they appear and using them correctly is important — we use them for a reason after all; to keep our kids safe.

I’m a proponent in keeping kids in rear-facing car seats, then convertibles, and finally boosters as long as possible and often longer than we’re required to by state laws. So I was intrigued by and happy to post these graphics that Maxi-Cosi sent to us to recognize Child Passenger Safety Month (technically it was in September, but we want you to remember to pay attention to car seat safety  year-round.)

Hope some of these stats give you something to think about — and incentive to double check those car seat straps before your next road trip.


map legend car sear safety

Source for graphics: Maxi-Cosi

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  1. Agreed – nothing more important than making sure the kids are safe! My 10 year-old is still in a booster because she’s nowhere near 4’9″ and only weighs 55 pounds – I think she’s the only one in her grade that is still using one. My older daughter was past 11 before I let her stop using one too.

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  2. This so important for every parent to realize and know. My 10 and 8 year old kids are still on booster seats too. I make them take it on fieldtrips too especially since they don’t meet the height requirements.

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  3. Excellent post! My 8-year-old has been lobbying hard to get rid of her booster seat. I had no idea that she’d have to be in one in some states. No special seats are required in Malaysia where we live. It completely freaks me out to see toddlers bouncing around like monkeys or even some kids who stand up through the sunroof in a moving car.

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