Choosing & Using The Right Car Seat

My passion for proper car seat usage started 6 years ago. I can actually recall the exact instant that it became my passion. I was sitting outside the hospital, holding my tiny newborn Emmitt in my arms as my nurse and I waited for Nathan to bring around the car. I watched, with horror, a new mom trying to put her tiny, screaming newborn into an infant seat that was installed forward facing in their back seat. I alerted my nurse and asked her to go tell them the car seat was installed backwards, but she said it was a liability issue and there was nothing she could do.

When Nathan pulled the car around, I handed him Emmitt. I got out of my wheelchair and hobbled (post csection) over to the new mom struggling to calm her screaming baby- and I helped show her how to install her seat correctly. She must have thanked me five thousand times as tears streamed down her cheeks- that is where my passion was born.My Ride 65 Rear Facing in a Toyota CorollaYour child’s car seat is the most important piece of baby gear you will ever own. Choosing the right one having it installed correctly is of the utmost importance – and having help from a professional is a great way to guarantee it’s done right!

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Every 33 seconds in 2015 a child under 13 was involved in a car crash in the United States and 1 in 3 children killed* in car crashes are not restrained properly.  (If you’ve been in a car accident and want legal help, click here for more information.) Car seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury. But many parents move their children to the next restraint type (car seat, booster seat, seat belt) too soon or never use the correct one to begin with.
Britax Pavilion 70-G3Keeping your child safe in your vehicle is your responsibility, and getting help is easier than ever. To make sure you have the right seat for your child, visit, or find a Child Passenger Safety Week event in your area. To find events near you, including free car seat checks, visit

*According to 2015 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


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