Innovative Backseat Keeps Children Safer

As child safety seats and booster seats become larger for safety purposes, vehicle seats must adjust to accommodate this trend.

According to Chevrolet, “Many child restraint manufacturers require at least 80 percent of the child restraint be supported by the vehicle seat.”

With that in mind Chevrolet has worked to address that need in 2015 vehicles. The all-new 2015 Chevy Colorado Extended Cab combines a removable headrest with a passenger side seat cushion to adhere to child safety seat regulations.

The GM Foundation working with Safe Kids Worldwide during National Child Passenger Safety Week produced a study stating that 9 of 10 parents move their child out of booster seats to just safety belts too quickly. Children are recommended to be at least 57 inches tall and 80 pounds before switching to safety belts.

Child Safety Seat
GM continues to look for ways to make its vehicles better equipped for child safety and booster seats.

GM has also taken steps to improve the comfort of safety belts for smaller adults and children. At Stalker Chevrolet we are equipped to fit the shoulder belt with a comfort guide for backseat passengers. The plastic guide attaches to the rear or side trim to help keep the shoulder strap comfortably in place on the passenger.

It’s important that safety restraints are comfortable to encourage passengers to wear them correctly and not be tempted to put them behind their backs or under their arms.

Car Seat Safety Guidelines

If you’re like many Creston parents, next week you’ll be chauffeuring your children to school. However, just because your kids are at the age where they begin to go off to learn doesn’t mean they’re ready to ride with just a seat belt.

Preschoolers and young school-aged children should still be using forward-facing car seats and booster seats, respectively. For parents making the commute with infants or toddlers, a rear-facing car seat is the best option for your toddler.

Driving Toddler

Car seats have come a long way recently. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has updated their requirements on car seats and car seat manufacturers have improved technology and ease of installment.

The type of car seat you’ll need largely depends on the height and weight of your child, not their age. A smaller 9 year-old may still be safest in a convertible forward-facing car seat.  While the law in Iowa may state that children 6 and above can ride with simply a safety belt, most passengers aren’t big enough to ride this way until 12 or 13.

It’s important to make sure your child is in the right car seat. Please follow the necessary precautions to keep your child safe this school year and any time you’re on the road.