Toyota offers refresher on passenger safety for holidays
Thanksgiving is just a few days away. With the holiday that is centered around getting together with family, friends and football, it is important to take a moment to realize we are all going to be on the road a little more than usual for the next eight weeks or so. Toyota has been working with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center since 2004 to ensure people have the most current information when it comes to frequently asked questions about car seats and their proper use and operation. We understand that kids of all ages are going to be excited about the season. Let’s make sure everyone gets to keep the smiles on their faces by staying safe while traveling.
New Traditions for Child Passenger Safety
A safe family is a happy family — There was a time when child safety in cars meant pretty much just keeping the kids in the car while its in motion. Thankfully, we know better know. However, older generations or a favorite family friend may be picking up some chauffeuring duties. Make sure everyone is on the same page for buckling up as well as using car seats and booster seats.
Re-gifting is still bad — Given the cost of some car seats, it may be tempting to seek out and use hand-me-downs. While it may be difficult to muster up a simple, “No, thank you” safety is paramount. It is really impossible to know everything a car seat has been through. It could be damaged in a way that can’t be easily seen, thus rendering it ineffective.
Expiration dates aren’t just for leftovers — Modern car seats have an expiration date printed on them. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital recommends examining the expiration date on car seats every time somebody goes through the cabinets to discard expired food.
Booster seats: Good for the dinner table and car — Children will eventually outgrow the need for car seats. However, they will still be too small for seatbelts to properly protect them. Children under 4 feet, 9 inches should use a booster seat so seat belts fall across their body in the correct manner.
Sometimes looking forward means looking back — Just about every child safety group or organization in the world, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommends that kids should be in rear-facing car seats until the age of two or until they exceed the height or weight limit of the car seat.
Toyota vehicles are among the industry leaders in vehicle safety. This includes the new Toyota Safety Sense of equipment that includes Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring and Adaptive Cruise Control.
If you have questions about car seats or about the new Toyota Safety Sense system or how to properly in stall car seats in your Toyota vehicle, contact a Toyota of Naperville sales professional today.