There is an ongoing debate as to the necessity or advisability of using baby car safety seats.
This is What the Spinal Cord Injury Journal has to say about the importance of using Baby Car Safety Seats:
“There are more cars on the road, driving at faster speeds for longer distances, than ever before. This makes the roads of today significantly more dangerous than those of just 20 years ago. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points to a 67% reduction in the risk of serious injuries when parents put their children in well-fitted car seats.
Your child’s body is not as durable as your own. Much of a baby’s skeleton is made of soft cartilage that will eventually turn into bone. This makes her more vulnerable to injuries during a crash, particularly since her organs are not as well-protected as those of an adult”
And this is what the AAA (American Automobile Association) has to say about the importance of using baby car safety seats:
“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children. Child restraints, or car seats, reduce the risk of injury by 71% to 82% and reduce the risk of death by 28% in comparison to children in seat belts alone. Booster seats reduce the risk of nonfatal injuries by 45% among 4 to 8 year olds when compared to the seat belt alone.”
Furthermore it is mandatory, according to federal law, that children up to 60 pounds traveling in car should be protected in a booster seat or baby car seat.
The Links below take you to the different types of baby car safety seats available: