Safe Summer Travel Guide: Keep Children Safe on Family Road Trips with Simple Car Seat and Booster Seat Tips from Evenflo

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With car travel on the rise this summer, it is important for parents to put vehicle safety at the top of their travel checklist. Evenflo provides simple tips to help ensure every member of the family - infant to adult - stays safe on the road.

But there are other car seat safety considerations that are not as widely known, such as ensuring your child's car seat is installed properly and knowing how long your child should stay in a booster seat.

According to AAA, an increasing number of American families will take their summer vacations in the form of a good, old-fashioned road trip this year. With car travel on the rise, it is important for parents to put vehicle safety at the top of their travel checklist.

"Every parent understands the importance of using a car seat for a baby," said Debbie Meyers, Car Seats Brand Manager, Evenflo. "But there are other car seat safety considerations that are not as widely known, such as ensuring your child's car seat is installed properly and knowing how long your child should stay in a booster seat."

Forty-three states currently have laws that require older children to use booster seats, and more states have legislation pending. Standard safety belts are designed for adults, not children. A booster seat raises kids up so that the safety belt fits properly. Using a booster seat can reduce a child's risk of injury in the event of an accident by almost 75 percent.

"As kids get older, they may balk at still using a booster seat," said Alison Rhodes, the "Safety Mom" and National Child Safety Expert. "Don't give in. The safety benefits are definitely worth a few grumpy faces from your child. It helps that now there are some great boosters that have a lot of kid appeal, with cool colors and sleek designs."

Evenflo is offering parents simple tips to help ensure that every member of their family - infant to adult - stays safe on the road this summer:

*A Sure Fit. The best car seat is one that fits the child, fits in the car and can be installed correctly every time. For younger children, look for car seats like the Evenflo Symphony All-in-One car seat that features SureLATCHâ„¢ technology, which uses a vehicle's LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system to make proper car seat installation fast and effective.

*Get a Boost. Any child weighing 40 to 80 lbs and under 57 inches should ride in a booster seat. Parents can get the most out of a booster seat by properly adjusting the lap belt so it fits low and snug across the child's hips. The shoulder belt should rest across the mid-chest and shoulder.

*Back it Up. Make it a hard and fast rule that everyone under 12 absolutely must ride in the back seat. Many cars are equipped with frontal air bags, and while they can add extra safety for adults, air bags are too forceful for small children and pose a serious safety hazard if activated.

*Buckle Up or Bust. It may add a few extra minutes to the trip, but parents can set a great example for their kids by waiting until every person in the car (adults included) is buckled before starting to drive. Research shows that children are four times more likely to ride without a safety belt if they see their parents doing the same.

To learn more, visit the educational resources on travel safety, proper car seat installation and individual state booster seat legislation laws at http://www.evenflo.com/safetymadeeasier.

About Evenflo
Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, Evenflo Company, Inc. is a privately held leading manufacturer and marketer of infant and juvenile products. Evenflo was founded in 1920 and is a top supplier of infant and juvenile products to key retailers such as Toys "R" Us, Babies "R" Us, Wal-Mart, Target, and K-Mart. The company's product offering spans a broad range of essential infant and juvenile product categories, including car seats, travel systems, infant and toddler feeding, carriers, stationary activity centers and home safety products. Evenflo's premier brand name has 97 percent awareness with new mothers, and the company enjoys #1 or #2 market share positions in 10 important product categories. For more information on Evenflo, visit http://www.evenflo.com.

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