Why you can’t carry children without child car seats
Some parents believe that a child car seat is an extra expense. They are confident that the car’s security systems and parental care are sufficient to ensure the proper level of safety for their child. Unfortunately, they are wrong.
It is impossible to hold a child in your arms!
No adult can hold a child in the event of an accident. The weight of everything that is in the car during a collision “increases” up to 20-30 times.
And holding a child in your arms is simply not convenient – even a short trip brings a lot of inconveniences. And most importantly – no one is able to hold the child in case of emergency sudden braking, because the child’s weight increases by more than 20 times!
An unbuttoned child distracts the driver from the road
A child who “travels” around the car’s interior while driving distracts the driver from the road. And if there are only a child and a driver in the car, then the driver has to simultaneously look after the baby and monitor the road, which in turn creates a great danger for all road users. Any maneuver or movement injures the child, and sudden braking can lead to sad consequences.
The best engineers work to protect your child
Almost all seats are designed by engineers based on real-world accident data and, after design, are tested by numerous crash tests in different situations and with different dummies. Security systems are constantly being improved. There are many independent organizations that regularly conduct tests not only the level of protection of seats but also their comfort, environmental friendliness, practicality and other properties. Therefore, good car seats protect the child in almost any critical situation. Do not neglect this experience and do not use it.
Many manufacturers have their own testing laboratories, where tests are carried out to higher standards than required by the certification standards. Almost all manufacturers create a good margin of safety in order to protect the child not only in standard situations.
The standard car seat belt is intended for adults
Attaching a child to a normal car seat belt will not save them from injury. It is impossible to properly fasten a child using normal car seat belts in a normal car seat, because the seat belt is designed for an adult passenger with a height of at least 55 inches. If you use it for a child, the belt will pass through the body is not where it should and in the event of an emergency can injure both internal organs and the neck. When using a child car seat, the car belt is guided by special grooves in the seat along the child’s body as correctly as possible.
Without a car seat, the child will not be able to stay in the seat
If you do not fasten the child at all, then in the event of sudden braking by inertia the child will fly forward and hit the windshield or front panel of the car, which will lead to serious injuries. If we talk about the accident, then everything can be even sadder.
Different adapters can’t protect the child
In addition to children’s car seats, there are “restraints” in the form of adapters, frameless seats and others, which at best do not affect the protection, and at worst, on the contrary, harm. Such devices do not have a rigid frame and strong attachment and will not be able to hold the child or direct the seat belt in such a way that it is safe. In turn, a child car seat has a frame or bowl in which the child is placed, and the seat itself is securely fixed to the car body.
Numerous crash tests show that the seat belt adapter, lowering the level of the passage of the diagonal belt, simultaneously lifts the lower strap, thereby increasing the likelihood of injury to internal organs in the abdominal area to almost 100%. Frameless seats during the tests can not withstand loads and guarantee injury.
The child is not comfortable in the passenger seat
Child seats are designed based on the parameters of weight, height, and body type. Thus, children’s car seats have significantly better ergonomics for the child than a normal car seat. In addition, children’s car seats have tilted positions that allow children to rest safely during the trip, and the child’s head is supported by a headrest during a sleep.
Very often, orthopedists are involved in the production of children’s car seats. Based on the data of many years of research they are directly involved in creating the right children’s car seats.
High fines for not using a car seat
All states and territories require child safety seats for infants and children fitting specific criteria, but requirements vary based on age, weight and height. Often, it happens in three stages: infants use rear-facing infant seats, toddlers use forward-facing child safety seats and older children use booster seats.
Many laws require all children to ride in the rear seat whenever possible, and most states permit children over a particular age, height or weight to use an adult safety belt.
First offense fines for not complying with a state’s child passenger safety laws vary from $10 to $500. Some states also use driver’s license points as an additional penalty for noncompliance.
Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. But many of these deaths can be prevented.
- In the United States, 675 children 12 years old and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and nearly 116,000 were injured in 2017.
- Of the children 12 years old and younger who died in a crash in 2017 (for which restraint use was known), 35% were not buckled up.