Automobile accidents result in some of the most severe injuries known to modern medicine. While in a car crash, our bodies are exposed to tremendous masses and enormous acceleration – which every fifth grader knows gives us very large forces.
Our children are even more fragile than their parents, and therefore even more susceptible to these forces, so we must take special precautions in order to protect them in the event of such a horrible accident. And here’s how car seats work.
A child’s car seat operates on a pretty simple principle:
1) A harness keeps them stabilizes and pins them to the car seat using five separate contact points.
2) A tether secures it to the backseat of the vehicle and prevents it from toppling over.
3) A cushion that absorbs any impact in the event of an accident.
These principles when put together offer your child a much higher level of safety than a conventional seatbelt. It’s definitely a worthwhile investment if you know how to use it, and for further details on just that, you can refer to the detailed and helpful infographic above from Parenting Pod.