Child Safety Seats

Safeguarding Our Tiniest Passengers

Every day on our highways well-designed plastic safety seats protect our children from harm.

While the number of deaths among children aged 13 and under has dropped significantly over the years, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, vehicular accidents still account for 1 in 4 unintentional injury deaths. Since our youngest children spend so much time traveling in vehicle safety seats, it’s more important than ever that those seats be designed, installed, and used correctly to save lives.

Thanks to the durable, high-quality plastics available today from plastic tube manufacturers, superior safety seats are being developed with the goal of saving even more children. The protection of our youngest riders is the primary objective for designers of today’s car seats and great improvements are being made. Today’s child seats offer a wide variety of features like head impact protection, shock-absorbing padding, three and five-point harness systems, flame-resistant coverings, and more.

With some basic knowledge of what type of seats are required based on your child’s age, height, and weight, you can select just the right safety seat to keep them safe on the road.

Choosing the Best Child Safety Seats

Using information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), here’s what you need to know when selecting safety seats for your child:

• Infants & toddlers – Rear-facing seat only. Until children reach the age of 2, or reach the maximum height and weight recommended by the car seat manufacturer, they should ride in a rear-facing seat, or rear-facing convertible car seat, in the back of the vehicle.

• Older toddlers & preschoolers – Once they’ve outgrown the rear-facing seat, children should ride in forward-facing seats with safety harnesses in the back of the vehicle until they reach the maximum height and weight recommended by the car seat manufacturer.

• School-aged children – Once the child has outgrown the forward-facing seat, they should use a belt-positioning booster seat, in the back of the vehicle, until the seat belt fits properly without it. Typically, children reach a height of at least 4 feet and 9 inches and are 8-12 years of age before they are ready to ride in vehicles using only a seat-belt as adults do.

• Older children – Once the child has outgrown the booster seat, they should use seatbelts as adults do – lap and shoulder belts. Until the age of 14, all children should ride in the back seat of the vehicle.

What Else You Should Know About Car Safety Seats

• Always carefully read the manual that comes with the child safety seat and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

• Have your safety seat’s installation checked for safety. You can use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s online Child Safety Seat Inspection Station Locator or check with your local police station or fire department to see if they offer such inspections.

• Don’t use your child safety seat in the front of your vehicle where airbags exist.

• Harness straps should be close-fitting at armpit level, using a harness clip.

• Buckle children in the middle of the back seat if possible as it’s the safest spot in the vehicle.

Plastic Plays an Everyday Role in Our Lives

From the computer keys we use for typing to car safety seats for children, plastic is an important part of our everyday lives and it would surprise many to know that plastic is actually one of the most environmentally-friendly choices available for manufacturing. Plastic tubes, in particular, serve a large number of functions across many industries.