According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13, and many of these deaths can be prevented with the proper use of child restraints or child seats.
September is National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Month and time for caregivers to review the child seats their little ones use. While inflation and other pressures mean many families want to save money, buying a car seat isn’t the right time to skimp because of the dangers of second-hand or potentially counterfeit seats.
“Do not install a used seat, an expired seat, or a seat that has been in a collision and make sure it has been tested to federal standards,” said Robert Sinclair Jr, senior manager of public affairs at AAA. “It’s also crucial to make sure you use a car seat correctly to keep your child safe in the event of an accident. When properly installed, the car seat should not move more than an inch towards the belt and there should be no slack if the belt is pinched at the child’s shoulder,” Sinclair said.
Nissan introduced Snug Kids® 20 years ago, an industry first. It specifically focuses on the safety of children in Child Restraint Systems (CRS), commonly referred to as “child safety seats”. Not all CRS fit in all vehicles. Nissan safety engineers have spent thousands of hours evaluating hundreds of CRS by installing them in the back seats of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles. The result is the Snug Kids® Fit Guide for child seats, which helps parents confidently choose a CRS to fit their Nissan or INFINITI, while also providing valuable tips on how to properly fit a CRS.
“Nissan is prioritizing passenger safety for all occupants,” said Matthew Gapinski, senior manager of product safety engineering at Nissan. “Our Snug Kids team of certified child passenger safety technicians work directly with child seat manufacturers to ensure that we verify that their latest seat models fit our vehicles properly.”
For additional help installing car seats correctly, parents can search a list maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to locate certified technicians in their area.
“Parents and caregivers should also read their child seat owner’s manual and the vehicle’s owner’s manual to ensure proper installation and use of car seats and booster seats,” Gapinski said. “I am often asked which car seat is best, and my answer is ‘the seat that best fits your vehicle and that you can install and use correctly every time’.”