Safety seat guidelines
The following are some helpful hints to remember when counseling parents on the importance of safety seats as outlined from the Indiana Child Passenger Safety Outreach News, Summer 1992.
• Adults cannot hold onto a child, even in a minor crash. The child can be torn from the adult's arms -- even if the child is buckled up. An unbelted adult can crush the child against the dashboard because of the force of the crash.
• Read the instructions that come with the seat carefully before installing it. Incorrect installation or misuse will substantially reduce protection.
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Copyright © 1992 by the American Academy of Pediatrics