Posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Your child’s safety comes first. That’s why one of the first things you did was buy a car seat. You know that car seats protect kids. In fact, in passenger cars, car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.
But did you know that many car seats aren’t used properly? If you’ve ever wrestled with a car seat, you know it’s not easy. Call in the pros: Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. During Child Passenger Safety Week, certified technicians will be in your community helping parents protect kids by ensuring their car seats are properly installed. You can check here to find a technician near you.
It’s also critical that all car seats are registered with their manufacturer in case of a safety recall. Every seat purchased comes with a postage-paid registration card that you can drop in the mail. You can also register your seat online. This simple but critical step will help ensure that you will be notified if a defect is discovered with your car seat so it can be repaired and keep your child safe.
The sad fact is that vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children. From 2011 to 2015, there were 3,194 children under 13 killed and an estimated 559,000 children injured in car crashes. More than one-third of those children were not restrained in car seats, booster seats, or by seat belts. Before your next ride with your child, make sure you’ve properly installed and registered your car seat.
When the day comes for your child to leave the car seat behind, remember that children need a booster seat before they graduate to just wearing a seat belt. You can check to make sure you’re using car seats, boosters, and belts properly as your child grows. No matter what, everyone in your car or truck needs the proper restraint to keep them safe in a crash — every ride, every time. The rule in every vehicle should be: no one is going anywhere until everyone is buckled up or buckled into the child seat.
This Child Passenger Safety Week, take the time to make sure your child is riding safely. Reach out to parents in your community to make sure their seats are installed properly and registered. Working together, we can keep America’s kids safe when we’re on the move.