|Installing Car Seats Can be Frustrating for Parents
|Dads Getting “Child Passenger Safety 101”
- Bottom line: THERE IS NO SAFE, RECOMMENDED WAY to take a Taxi cab with your child, unless they are secure in a car seat in the Taxi.
- Never put a child between you and a seat belt. In a crash, the retractor of that seat belt will lock, and the weight of your body will crush your child between the seat belt and your body.
If the child is in your lap, your child will become a flying object in a crash.
Adult seat belts are designed and tested for the 5th percentile female (weighing approximately 108 pounds), up to the 95th percentile male. Anyone smaller than the 5th percentile female will not receive protection from an adult seat belt, which includes your child
Request for discounted tickets for your child and their car seat
Fly red eyes (early in the morning or late at night)
Do not flying during hours where business people travel
Buying Used Car Seats
And other good things to know
Latch vs. Seat belt installation? One is not any safer than the other, as long as either are installed as instructed
Over tightening a car seat can be an issue. In a motor vehicle crash, it is necessary for the car seat to have some give in order to absorb some of the force, otherwise it would be similar to it being on a hard floor. The seat should however not be able to move more than an inch in any direction when installed.
For rear facing, the harness height should be at or slightly below their shoulders
Overall, the workshop was incredibly informative, and I can safely say that all of the dads (and my wife) had plenty to take away from this amazing workshop. Hopefully some of the tips above have been as helpful for you as they were for the parents in our group. And as Sarah suggested, if you have any questions on seat safety, the best way is to ask the manufacturer of your child’s car seat.