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New NHTSA Site Helps Parents with Child Seats

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  • The site helps parents navigate the process of finding the right child seat
  • The site is officially dubbed "The Right Seat"
  • The Right Seat also provides child seat installation help


A new website from the federal government'sNational Highway Traffic Safety Administrationsimplifies the often difficult process of picking out the right child seat. Officially dubbed "The Right Seat" and part of the NHTSA’s new "Parents Central" portal, the site helps young parents with their child seat-related questions by detailing extensive information ranging from a list of inspection stations to proper installation techniques.

For new parents, some of the most important information available on The Right Seat is a general overview of seat types based on a child's age.  While parents can be unsure about which direction a child seat should face and what size fits their child best, the site provides diagrams and clear descriptions which help clarify the otherwise convoluted topic.

The Right Seat also tackles another major issue that often confounds young parents: child seat installation.  In addition to offering a series of videos that clearly explain how a child seat can be safely installed, the site provides detailed instructions that guide parents through every step of the installation process.  Best of all, the The Right Seat covers installation for nearly all types of seats ranging from boosters to infant seats, and describes the sometimes complicated task of using LATCH safety systems.

Additional features on the site include several other car seat-related topics that may be helpful to burgeoning families, including a guide to safely buckling up for pregnant women and an inspection station locator where a certified seat technician can ensure a child seat has been properly installed.  Leaving the site's "Car Seats" tab and navigating throughout the Parents Central portal also provides useful information for parents ranging from advice about teen drivers to overviews of car-related dangers to children like heatstroke, trunk entrapment and accidental vehicle rollaway.

Whether it's a question about child seats or a tutorial on teaching children to cross the street, nearly all parents would be wise to check out the NHTSA's Parents Central site, which bills itself as the NHTSA's gateway to information for keeping kids safe when they're on the move.

What it means to you: The NHTSA's new "The Right Seat" website helps de-mystify child seats for new parents.

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