(HealthDay News) -- Car seats can protect children in the event of an accident, but only if they are used properly.
Here are some tips on how to make sure you are using your child's car seat correctly, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Always put your child in a car seat, starting with the baby's first ride home from the hospital.
- Install the car seat in the automobile's back seat, never in the front where there's an airbag.
- Always read the seat's instructions, including how to install it, and how to attach and detach the seat and base.
- Keep the instructions and owner's manual as long as you have the seat, in case you need them.