Nothing is more important than wearing a seatbelt in the car. This goes for adults, teenagers, toddlers and babies. Everyone in the vehicle needs to be properly restrained at all times. “ NHTSA states that car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13.” This is why it’s very important for everyone to be buckled correctly.
Car Seat Inspections
Want to make sure your car seat is properly installed? Check here for your local inspection stations! Here’s a few near the Smyrna, TN area*.
- Smyrna Police Department
- 400 Enon Springs Rd E, Smyrna, TN 37167
- Phone: (615)459-6644
- Contact: Andy Miller
- Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department
- 940 New Salem Hwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
- Phone: (615)989-7770
- Contact: Jimmy Cassidy
- Murfreesboro Police Department
- 302 S Church St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
- Phone: (615)893-1422
- Contact: Carl Peas
- Mt. Juliet Fire Department
- 104 Belinda Parkway, Mt Juliet, TN 37122
- Phone: (615)773-9830
- Contact: Jesse Quintana
- Spanish Speaking
- By Appointment
- Metro Nashville Police Department
- 1417 Murfreesboro Rd, Nashville, TN 37217
- Phone: (615)862-7738
- Contact: Officer Erika Bowden
*The following listings have been pulled from the website attached above. We are unsure how up to date the following information is. Call the listed numbers for a more accurate answer.
There are four different types of car seats. Each are based on size of the child.
- Rear-Facing Car Seat
A rear facing car seat is best for newborns and small babies. This car seat has a harness and, in a crash, cradles and moves with your child to reduce stress to the child’s fragile neck and spinal cord. All-in-one car seats are recommended so the child can use the same seat as they grow. It eventually allows forward facing and eventually a booster seat.
- Forward-Facing Car Sear
The forward-facing car seat has a harness and tether that limits your child’s forward movement during a crash.
- Booster Seat
The booster seat allows the seat belt to position properly over the stronger parts of your child’s body.
- Seat Belt
Seat belts are meant for children 13 + and adults. It should lie across the upper thighs and be snug across the shoulder and chest to restrain your child safely. The seatbelt is never to be worn on the stomach area or across the neck or face.
Seatbelt safety procedures can be found here.
Inspire Others to Buckle Up
Whether you are a parent or peer driving kiddos around, you should model seat belt safety. You are the first and last person they see while riding in the car. You are the number one influence of how safe driving should look to them. Be consistent. Buckle up every time.
*From 2009 – 2013, nearly half of tweens who died traveling in passenger vehicles were not wearing seatbelts *
Bottom line is never give up until they buckle up. You are the number one influence.