Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death among children between the ages of one and thirteen. Many injuries and fatalities can be prevented with proper child restraints. There is no disputing the fact that car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduce injuries to children and save lives.
To get the message out loud and clear, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is partnering with the Ad Council to launch Child Passenger Safety Week. From September 23 – 29, 2018, both agencies will deliver the important message of child passenger safety through radio, print, online and billboard ads. The week culminates on September 29, 2018 with a nationwide event, National Seat Check Saturday. To find a safety seat check in your area, visit safekids.org.
Child Passenger Safety Tips
Anyone traveling with child passengers should be familiar with the current laws and guidelines regarding car seats and restraints. The National Safety Council, NHTSA, your pediatrician, and your local enforcement branch can provide information and resources to help you protect young passengers.
The following are some general guidelines to consider when transporting children:
- Every state requires child seats with specific guidelines based on age and weight. Check with your state to make sure you are compliant.
- Infants should ride rear-facing until they outgrow this position based on their height and weight.
- Children should always ride in the back seat up to the age of 12.
- Your car seat should be in good condition. Car seats generally last between six to eight years. Recall information can be found online.
- Pregnant women can schedule a child car seat installation with a certified child passenger safety technician before their child is born.
- An average of 37 children die every year in hot cars. Develop a system to remind yourself to check the back seat every time you get out of the car.
Car Seat Safety Checkups
Whether your child is six months or six years old, it is always a good idea to have your child seat checked regularly for proper size, fit, and installation. SafeKids Worldwide™ hosts free car seat checkup events throughout the country for parents and guardians. You can also find local car seat checks on September 29, 2018 in conjunction with Child Passenger Safety Week.
Research shows that parents’ behavior has a significant influence on kids when it comes to passenger safety. Parents who model consistent seatbelt use on every trip are more likely to pass on those good habits to their children. By the time they start driving on their own, you want seatbelts to be just a regular part of their driving routine – like putting the keys in the ignition and checking the rear-view mirror.
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