Protect Your Child by Choosing the Right Car Seat

Did you know that the leading cause of death for children up to 13 years old is the car? It's no wonder so many new parents visit Fox Ford of Cadillac looking for a family SUV with an NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating, like the 2017 Ford Explorer.

There's much more to keeping your child safe in the car than the vehicle itself, however. This week, September 17th through 23rd, the NHTSA is celebrating Child Passenger Safety Week with a series of helpful reminders.

Is your child in the right seat?

Rear-facing car seats are the safest for developing children, period. Many parents are eager to flip kids around into forward-facing seats as soon as they turn a year old, but many experts urge parents to keep kids rear facing until at least age two, or as long as possible until they outgrow the seat's height and weight limits.

Older children, between about 7 and 12, who outgrow their car seats must use a booster seat for the vehicle's safety belts to protect them correctly.

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