Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Tags: children's car seats | child safety seat | correctly installed car seats | car crashes and children | Dr. Oz

Correctly Installed Car Seats Save Kids' Lives

Tuesday, 04 Sep 2012 08:50 AM


When Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of NPR's "Car Talk," retire this fall, how will you ever know if it's safe to put three kids' car seats in the back of a Prius, Malibu, Volvo — you name it? (It's amazing how many people have a 3-year-old and a new set of twins.)

Here's some other info we think still needs to be broadcast: Many of you aren't using car and booster seats at all, and 72 percent of those who do, don't have them installed correctly! That increases the risk of injury during a crash.

Car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for children in the U.S. And still, around 618,000 kids 12 and younger are tooling around North American roadways — at least some of the time — without any kind of restraint at all! That's the opposite of smart! The right seat (installed correctly) cuts the risk of accidental death for infants in passenger cars by 71 percent, and 54 percent for 1- to 4-year-olds. So here's what you need to know:

• Birth-2: Use a rear-facing child safety seat.

• 2-4 or up to 40 pounds: Use a forward-facing child safety seat.

• 4-8 or until the child is 4 feet, 9 inches tall: Use a five-point harness booster seat.

• Older, taller kids can use seat belts if the lap belt goes across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (not the neck).

• And all kids 12 or younger can ride most safely in the back seat, away from air bags.


© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.




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