When you’re in a car seat you’re at an increased risk for a type of asphyxiation called positional asphyxiation. This can happen when your body is in a position that cuts off your airway.

One way to prevent this is to make sure you’re in the correct position in your car seat. Your hips and knees should be bent at a 90-degree angle and your back should be against the seat back. The straps should be tight enough that you can’t slip out of them but not so tight that they’re uncomfortable.

If you’re driving pay attention to your posture. Sit up straight and don’t slouch. This will help keep your airway open.

If you start to feel like you’re not getting enough air or you feel lightheaded or dizzy try to move to a different position. If you can’t move call 911.

Positional asphyxiation is preventable. By paying attention to your posture and position in your car seat you can keep yourself safe.

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Drew Dorian

I love cars and I love writing about them

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