One Minute Car Safety Check for Your Baby

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Stephanie Tombrello with SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. explains how to perform a quick safety check before putting your baby in the car.

    Stephanie Tombrello: Hello, I am Stephanie Tombrello, Executive Director of SafetyBeltSafe U.


    A. Today we are talking about how to protect our youngest travelers in the car. Now, I would like to share with you a one minute safety check to do after you have installed your safety seat in the car and placed your baby in it. Now, the first thing you want to make sure is that your safety is not moving more than an inch to the sides or front of the car, that you have it properly attached with either a latch connections or with your safety belt system.

    Once you have put the baby in the seat, make sure that you check that the harness is snug enough. First, snug it on the child, then take your fingers and pinch to see if you can get any fabric between your fingers. If you can't get any harness fabric between your fingers, then move the retainer clip or chest clip to armpit level. Be sure that the harness is coming out of the safety seat at or below shoulder level, on the baby who is rear facing and of course, we recommend rear facing until a child is at least two years old.

    Now, we have done a quick review of how to protect our youngest travelers in the car. SafetyBeltSafe U.


    A. invites you to get in touch if you have additional questions.