Choosing a Seat

When choosing any car seat, there are important general guidelines to follow in order to ensure the child's safety. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the best car seat is the one that best fits a child's weight, size, and age, as well as the car. Once a seat has been chosen, it should be tried out, since store displays and illustrations might not show correct the usage. it is up to the adult to learn how to install a car safety seat properly and strap in the child. parents should:

• choose a seat whose label states that it meets or exceeds Federal Motor Vehicle safety standard 213

• accept a used seat with caution and never accept a seat that is more than 10 years old or one that was in a crash (it could be structurally unsound)

• avoid seats that are missing parts or are not labeled with the manufacture date and model number (there is no way to know about recalls)

• check the seat for the manufacturer's recommended "expiration date"

• call the manufacturer of a used seat to find out if the seat was ever recalled. The manufacturer may be able to provide a replacement part or new model.

carsickness A type of motion sickness caused by the movement of a car, characterized by vertigo, sweating, salivation, nausea, and vomiting. Car sickness is caused by the motion associated with travel and can occur not just in the car but also in a boat, airplane, or any activity accompanied by irregular motion.

Carsickness begins not in the stomach but in the inner ear, when irregular motion (such as in a car, plane, or boat) causes fluid changes in the semicircular canals of the inner ear, making it unable to maintain a state of equilibrium. The result is the symptoms of car sickness.

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