ND Child Car Seats
Doug Barrett | Sep 18, 2019 AT 1:50 pm
The North Dakota Department of Health says more people in the state are using child car seats correctly.
Data compiled by health officials show 72 percent of those with car seats were using them improperly in 2018. That figure is actually an improvement and compares with 86 percent in 2009.
During the last five years in North Dakota, 8 children have died and 1,037 youngsters 12 and younger were injured in motor vehicle crashes.
The health department recommends keeping children in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing seats, a forward-facing car seat with a harness should be used. And, after outgrowing the forward-facing seat, children should be placed in a booster seat until they are the right size to use just a seat belt.
The NDDoH recommends the following:
- Keep children rear-facing as long as possible, up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats.
- Once a child outgrows the rear-facing-only “infant” car seat, he/she should travel in a rear-facing “convertible” or all-in-one car seat.
- When a child outgrows the rear-facing size limits, the child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness (always use the tether).
- After outgrowing the forward-facing car seat with harness, children should be placed in booster seats until they’re the right size to use seat belts safely.
- The safest place for all kids younger than 13 is in the back seat.