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Car seat safety is extremely important for the little ones who come along for the ride. Car seat safety is vital for children as they don't have as much ability to cope with accidents and crashes as adults do. Here are some very important car seat safety tips for your infants.

. Rear Facing Car Seats: Babies should be in rear-facing car seats for at least one year and until they weigh at least 20 pounds. A rear-facing car seat "rides down" in a crash, which gives babies the best chance for survival and less chance of injury in a crash. Rear-facing car seats for infants are highly recommended as it distributes the crash force along the entire back, neck and head, putting less stress on any one part of the body.

. The Backseat: The backseat is generally the safest place in a crash. If your vehicle has a passenger air bag, it's essential for all children of 12 years and under to ride properly restrained in a back seat. Transport your children in the back of your car whenever possible.

. Car Seat Safety Check-ups: Check your seat regularly for any damage or wear. Use seats that conform to the latest standard. Make sure that the seat is compatible with your car; physically try it before you buy it. Make sure the seat is fitted securely for each journey. Check and adjust the harness for every journey. Check your seat regularly for any damage or wear.

. Things to Avoid: Don't ever buy a second-hand car seat as it will probably have missing parts, missing instructions or be damaged. Don't use a seat once the car has been in a collision. Buy a new one. Don't carry a child in your arms or place a seat belt around both of you; this will never provide adequate protection in case of a crash. And you should never modify the seat in any way as this could have very serious consequences in a crash.

. Safety Seat Belts: Put the belt through the right slot. If your safety seat can be used facing either way, use the correct belt slots for each direction. The safety belt must stay tight when securing the safety seat. Check the vehicle owner's manual for tips on using the safety belts.

. Child Car Seats: Child restraints include baby seats, child seats, booster seats and booster cushions. It is important that you get the right restraint for your baby or child. This largely depends on the weight of the child.

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