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2014 Child Safety Seat Changes

The new year is bringing new recommendations for child safety seats. The guidelines have to do with the latch system used to anchor car seats and boosters in the vehicle.
Pittston, Luzerne County - Years ago strapping a child safety seat into a vehicle seemed like a foreign language.
But, the national highway traffic safety administration is making it easier.

Joe Hull, ofDuryea, says "they made it easier for people to hook them up the way they should be, without any question, so you know that they are in safely."  With a new year comes new guidelines for car seat manufacturers surrounding the latch system.  It's made up of metal anchors to keep the seat in place should an accident occur.  Cathy Connors, with the NEPA Traffic Injury Prevention Project, says "they need to put a sticker or a label on the side that states the weight limit for the latch, so it will be the weight of the car seat and the weight of the child."

The new recommendation requires manufacturers to post the seat's weight limit directing on the side instead of solely in the instruction manual.  Carly Jopling, of Moosic, says "I like to know if she's too heavy for it, is it going to hold her?  I don't want to put her in it if it's not going to be safe enough for her."  If the seat and child exceed 65 pounds you must use the seat belt for safety instead of the anchors.  Connors says "we want to go by the weight limit on the car seat also and once they are turned around we want to continue to use the 5 point harness system up until the limit of the car seat."

It's not only important to take note of the new regulations coming out in 2014, but it's a good thing to remember the current regulations that are already set in place, like the 5-point harness system.  "The 5 point harness system is exactly that, it fits over 5 points.  It's going to go over their shoulders, their chest, and around their hips," explains Connors.  Remembering the guidelines in place and adding the new recommendations could save your child's life.  Tom, Carly Jopling's husband, says it's for "piece of mind.  God forbid anything should happen, we know we have everything to that point taken care of."

For more information visit www.pakidstravelsafe.org
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