How Car Seats Work


This important post is sponsored by Parenting Pod. 

Car accidents are slowly becoming one of the leading causes of death in the world, so we need to do
everything we can in order to protect ourselves, and especially our children, from injury in the event of a
car crash. The sad reality is that when it comes to car safety, adults are generally better equipped than
kids. We have seatbelts and airbags to protect us, but a child’s small frame can’t benefit from such
devices so a different solution is needed.

One of the best ways to keep your kids safe in an accident is a child’s car seat. The only issue is that using
it is a little more complicated than fastening a seatbelt. Car seats use three separate mechanisms to
provide your child with adequate car safety:

1) The 5-point harness stabilizes their body and evenly redistributes the overwhelming forces present in
a car crash.
2) The lateral cushions reduce the side impact.
3) A tether latches the child’s seat to the car, to prevent unpredictable movement due to inertia.

These mechanisms working in tandem make sure that your child is protected. There are just a couple of
points that you need to take into consideration: if the seat is rear-facing, be sure that the harness slot is
at the height of your child’s shoulder. The harness must be straight and not twisted. Finally, make sure
that the recline is at the correct angle (there will likely be an illustration on the seat that demonstrates

For more detailed information, feel free to refer to the infographic below from the Parenting Pod

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  1. Thank you for the great car seat primer! This is such an important topic, so I’m glad you’re addressing.

  2. Thanks for sharing this. Very helpful

  3. Very thorough article. Wish all moms could read it!

  4. John Smith says

    Good information and very useful!

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