A lot of resources are thrown around by child passenger safety advocates. Safe Kids, the NHTSA, Transport Canada, SafetyBeltSafe USA, Safe Ride News and, of course, CarseatBlog.com. All of these sources have good information and should be on a must read list for parents interested in reducing their child’s risk from the #1 killer of kids. There is one resource that may be the most respected of all.
It has been updated for 2009, though it appears similar for the most part to the 2008 version. It’s none other than Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families 2009, by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It’s a great collection of basic advice for both parents and doctors. Sadly, many pediatrician’s are not up-to-date on injury prevention issues such as child passenger safety. If your pediatrician is giving advice that is different from what is in this guide, you should politely suggest that they order copies for their patients and take the time to read it themselves!
It’s not a perfect guide. It’s lacking references to vital resources such as Carseatblog.com, Carseatsite.com and Car-Seat.Org. Aside from that, it’s definitely worth the time to read and to pass along what you learn to other parents of young children!