Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old.
Many accidents, deaths and injuries could have prevented by proper use
of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.
In 2013, among children under the age of five in cars, an estimated 263
lives were saved by child restraints. However, an additional 55 children
could have survived if car seat use was at 100 percent.
With this in mind, we would like to share that Child Passenger Safety Week
is September 13-19, 2015. The goal of the public safety initiative is
to help parents and caregivers verify that they are correctly using the
right restraint for their children’s ages and sizes.
As part of the campaign, many communities will have Certified Child Passenger
Safety Technicians available to provide education and instruction on National
Seat Check Saturday, which will take place on September 19, 2015. While
most parents assume that their car seats are installed correctly, nearly
60 percent are not. Therefore, we encourage our readers to take advantage
of the free safety check.
Below are several other
tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, choose a seat
that fits in your vehicle, and use it every time.
- Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions
(check height and weight limits) and read the vehicle owner’s manual
on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or lower anchors and
a tether, if available.
- To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible,
as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight
- Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.