Tips for Safe (and Convenient) Taxi Travel
In NYC in 2000 (the most recent year for which data are available) 2,600 children were injured in 17,000 taxi-related accidents. Studies show that NYC taxi passengers are 2.5 times more likely to be seriously injured or killed than the passengers in the other vehicle involved in the crash.
Accidents happen – but you can prevent injuries. Have NO REGRETS; protect your children. Make sure that quick taxi ride to school or a playdate doesn’t send your child to the hospital.
- Keep kids rear-facing as long as possible – it’s 5 times safer than forward-facing – even for 3-year-olds!
- Keep kids in a 5-point harness car seat as long as possible
- Use a booster until the child passes the 5-step test
- Let anyone ride UNrestrained. A seat belt is ALWAYS better than nothing.
- Buckle two people in one belt. Things in a crash weigh their weight times the speed of a crash. An adult will weigh several thousand pounds, crushing a child sitting on their lap or carried on their chest.
- Put the shoulder belt behind the child’s back or under the arm.This removes all head & chest protection
- Forget your own seat belt. Restrained passengers are 4 times more likely to die if one person in the car is not restrained, as the unrestrained person becomes a human missile.
REAR-FACING CAR SEAT OPTIONS
Evenflo Secure Ride 35 e3, Serenade
Graco Snug Ride 30 and Snug Ride 35 or Teutonia T-tario 35
Fits on Combi Coccoro Flash stroller (shown in pic to the right). Installs well in most vehicles, has built-in-locking clips for easier seat belt installation.
FORWARD-FACING CAR SEAT OPTIONS
BOOSTER SEAT & VEST OPTIONS