ALPENA, Mich.– This month, the Auto Club of Michigan is reminding parents to refresh their safety seat knowledge.
Gary Bubar of the A.A.A. shared some important reminders with WBKB. First, parents should keep infant seats facing backwards.
Facing the infant seat rear–ward provides protection and support for the child’s neck in the event of a crash. Parents should also make sure the infant seat is securely and properly fastened to the vehicle. Older kids, meanwhile, should stay in a booster seat after turning eight if they are under four feet, nine inches in height.
Most importantly, Bubar says, parents should teach by doing.
“Set a good example for your children. One of the reasons we see kids not wanting to buckle up– especially in the back seat– is because they see parents in the back seat or grandparents in the back seat not buckling up. Even though the law only requires that you buckle up in the back seat up to age 16, buckle up wherever you are in the vehicle.”
More safety information is available on the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration Website.