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					                                  Best Practices for Child Restraint Use
                                                                 A Memo from giggle University
                                                                             25th March 2011



On Monday March 21st, 2011, a new policy statement was issued by the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP), regarding updated best practices for child restraint use which was reported by
national and local media outlets. The policy statement advises that:

    •   Children up to age 2 remain rear-facing in their child restraints – this is based primarily on a 2007
        University of Virginia study that found that children under age 2 are less likely to suffer severe or
        fatal injuries in a crash if they are rear-facing
    •   Older children should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall,
        and 8 to 12 years old

Safety is the most important consideration when choosing, and using a car seat. Here’s what giggle
parents should know about child restraints:

    1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): The regulating body that sets, and
       maintains, federal safety and crash performance standards for all child restraints sold in the U.S.
       market.
    2. States regulate the use of a child restraint. Each state sets their own “best practice” laws for
       child restraints, regulating how, and for how long a child restraint is used.
    3. Car Seat Manufacturers: Required to provide detailed instructions with each child restraint sold,
       parents should closely follow a child restraint’s instructions to ensure proper use and installation.
    4. Parents are responsible for using a child restraint according to the laws of their particular state.

A child is most safe when:

    •   Riding in a NHTSA-certified child restraint
    •   A parent uses a child restraint for the period of time and in the manner instructed by a state’s
        law
    •   The child restraint has been properly installed according the manufacturer instructions

Many states agree with the AAP in their “best practice” recommendation, and parents are responsible
for using NHTSA-approved child restraint systems according to the laws of their particular state. AAP’s
position should be shared as an advisory position.

For all state’s laws, visit:

http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/childsafety_laws.html


For an easy state-by-state map provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

http://www.iihs.org/laws/childrestr aint.aspx




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