Car Seat Safety
Hospital in Ashely County – 870.364.4111
Expecting mothers may sometimes need to be seated in specific ways while
riding in a car to avoid discomfort or injury in case of a crash. Newborn
children also require protective car seats that are positioned precisely
for their safety. At Ashley County Medical Center, we treat our patients
like family and would do anything to help them live healthy, comfortable
lives. In accordance to this client-first policy, we would be happy to
help you understand car seat safety and safe practices better.
We even have three certified car seat technicians on staff:
Amanda Autenreath – RN, BSN
Shawna Hawkins – RN, BSN
Shelly Martin – RN, ASN
If you would like to speak with our certified car seat technicians, please call
870-364-1229. We also encourage you to consider some of our other
women’s services that are intentionally catered to women and their unique healthcare needs.
Basic Car Seat Safety Information
Children of all ages need to be protected in car seats. However, as a child
ages, he or she must be placed in different car seats and within different
locations within the car to optimize safety and minimize the chance of
serious injury in a car accident. If you are not sure how to safely seat
your child within your automobile, you should not guess; reach out to
an official safety hotline or call our own certified car seat technicians
Consider this quick explanation of safe seats and positions for children:
Infants and newborns: Any child who is not yet two-years old should only be seated in a rear-facing
child safety seat, preferably not in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.
Always check height and weight restrictions for your brand of child safety seat.
Toddlers and very young children: Any child who has outgrown the weight or height restrictions of a rear-facing
seat should be harnessed properly into a forward-facing child safety seat.
Children: Any child who is too tall or too heavy for a forward-facing child safety
seat should be seated in the back of a vehicle atop a belt-positioning
Older children and young teens: When a child is near or has reached adolescence, or is about 5 feet tall,
he or she may be seated in the back of a vehicle using traditional lap-and-shoulder
seatbelts. Children are not advised to sit in the front passenger seat
of a vehicle, regardless of height or weight, until the age of 13.
The following websites have useful information regarding child safety seats: