Irvine, California – Volvo Cars of North America is offering a safety guide to help parents better protect their children on the roads, in honour of the U.S. National Child Passenger Safety Week of September 21 to 27.

“Volvo’s history is rooted in safety for both drivers and passengers,” said Doug Speck, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. “Our engineers have made major contributions to increasing child and adult safety in vehicles, including the invention of the first three-point safety belt in 1959 and the first child booster seat in 1978. Currently, we are working to create an injury-proof Volvo, but until then, we’d like to help parents keep their kids as safe as possible while on the road.”

Volvo offers the following tips for parents:

– All children under the age of 12 should sit in the back seat of a vehicle, to provide the safest ride possible.

– Infants should be placed in a rear-facing child safety seat until at least age one, or until they weigh 20 lbs (9 kg). Check to see that the safety belt holds the seat tightly in place and make sure the harness is buckled snugly around the child.

– When children are too large for a rear-facing seat (Volvo recommends four years), they should ride in a forward-facing safety seat, secured in the back seat of the vehicle via the LATCH/ISOFIX or seatbelt. The owner’s manual for the seat should be consulted.

– At around age four and at least 40 lbs (18 kg), children should ride in belt-positioning booster seats. Children this size are not yet large or mature enough to correctly use the adult safety belt, and buckling them without a booster seat could cause abdominal, spinal, head, facial and neck injuries in a crash.

– When the child outgrows the booster seat, use the standard adult seatbelts, ensuring that they are not on the neck but resting across the neck. Buckle up immediately after getting into the car, and keep the belt on until the car is turned off.

For more information on child safety in vehicles, visit Volvo.

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