JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Everyone wants the best for their kids, but local experts say there are steps you can take now to protect them for the future.
The Broome County Health Department said car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children ages 1-13, and car seats can go a long way toward preventing serious injury.
The department said most important thing when it comes to finding a car seat is making sure its the perfect fit for your child, and there are a few simple ways you can find the perfect seat.
First, each seat is rated to a specific age, height and weight, so find the one that fits your child.
Second, read the manuals of both the car seat and your car to ensure you install it properly.
Finally, make sure the seat is not expired, which usually happens after six years or so.
Department officials said when in doubt, the seats usually have helpful information stuck right on them.
“Look at the stickers, follow the instructions. Every seat will have a sticker on it that will tell parents what those limits are,” said Christine Muss, the traffic safety coordinator for the department.
The health department hosted a car seat safety check in Johnson City Tuesday, one of many the department hosts around the county to better inform parents of how to protect their children.