Child Safety Seat Counseling

Child safety seats and automobile safety belts protect children in a car crash if they are used correctly, but if a child does not fit in the restraint correctly, it can lead to injury. This article helps physicians come up-to-date on the current guidelines for child safety seats and to know which types of seats are available and most appropriate. The author uses three memory keys to help guide appropriate child safety seat choice: Backwards is Best; 20-40-80; and Boost Until Big Enough. The first, Backwards is Best, reminds physicians that infants are safest in a head-on crash when they are facing backward. The second, 20-40-80, cues the physician that children may need to change to a different seat when they reach 20, 40 and 80 pounds. The third cue, Boost Until Big Enough, emphasizes that children need to use booster seats until they are big enough to fit properly into an adult safety belt. One chart summarizes five different types of child safety seats, their intended occupant size, restraint characteristics, and usage warnings. The article concludes with a brief discussion of the appropriate use of safety belts once the child is large enough to for the seat belts to fit correctly.

  • Authors:
    • Biagioli, Frances
  • Publication Date: 2005-8-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 473-478
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01010599
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 4 2005 10:24AM