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Is Your Child Properly Secured?

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 requirements.
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.