Traveling Safely Over the Holidays

As families get ready to embark on holiday trips to visit relatives and loved ones, it’s a good time to review a few safety tips.

When Traveling by Car

Always use the appropriate car seat for infants and young children when riding in the vehicle:

  • Infants should ride rear-facing for as long as their car seat allows, usually to about age 2 and 35 pounds. Riding rear-facing protects your child’s head, neck and spine.
  • When children are ready to transition to a forward-facing seat, children should ride in a forward-facing seat with a 5-point harness for as long as possible, until they are at least 4 and 40 lbs. Consider using a harnessed booster to keep your child in a 5-point harness even longer.

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Car Seat Expiration Dates

Car Seat ExpirationParents know that car seats present the best way for children of certain ages and sizes to avoid injury during car accidents.

But car seats don’t last forever. How can you determine when car seats have outlived their purpose? And if you’re in the used car seat market, how can you be sure the seat you have your eye on is sound. Parents and caregivers should focus on two things with car seats – the expiration date and the seat history.

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