Most of us with small children are keenly aware that everyday objects in our homes can be hazardous to babies and small children. We spend time and money baby-proofing our homes. We secure bookshelves to the walls, cover electrical outlets with plastic outlet covers, install gates at the top and bottom of stairways, replace or shorten venetian blind cords, and lock medicine cabinets, to name a few examples. We should be equally vigilant about child-proofing our vehicles.
The most important safety concern for children in vehicles is the car seat. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants and toddlers up to the age of two ride in rear-facing car seats. Make sure the car seat is appropriate for…