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MUNCIE, Ind. – Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 17-23 with National Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 23. It’s important to make sure children receive the proper safety when traveling in a car. Learn more about car safety as we ask an IU Health Ball trauma nurse some common questions.

Why should I use a car seat?

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of preventable death and injuries in children. Car seats can reduce the risk of death by 71% when used correctly. Unfortunately, over half of car seats are used or installed incorrectly. To keep children safe, make sure to always use the right car seat.

What types of car seats are there?

Based on your child’s age, height and weight is what type of car seat they should use. Visit to establish the best seat for your child. As a rule of thumb, follow this guideline:

  • Infant Carrier: These are designed for newborns and small babies, and most will outgrow this size before their first birthday. They should always be rear facing.
  • Convertible (rear and forward facing): These seats can change from rear to forward facing seats with a harness and tether. These allow for children to grow and be able to fit in the car seat longer. Keep your child rear facing as long as possible.
  • High back booster: Booster seats are designed to boost your child’s height so the seat belt can fit properly. With the high back, added neck and head support allows for comfort and protection in the case of a crash.
  • Booster seat: A booster seat without the high back is designed to give your child the added height to allow proper seat belt placement. These seats are intended for vehicles that have a head rest that fits the child.


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