Child Passenger Safety Week – Get On Board!

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If you have ever been in a vehicle accident, especially one where your kids were in the car, you understand just how scary that feeling really is. I know it all too well, unfortunately! We have been in a few accidents, and while none of them were any fault of my own, thankfully, it was no less scary.

Every 33 seconds in 2015 a child under 13 was involved in a car crash in the United States. Car crashes are actually a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old and 1 in 3 children killed* in car crashes are not restrained properly. Car seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury. But more than half of car seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness.

September is the perfect month to be asking yourself very important questions. Is your child in the right seat for their age, height, and weight? Is their seat installed correctly? If you aren’t sure about either of these questions- there is help!

During Child Passenger Safety Week (September 17-23, 2017), more than 1000 events are expected in 45 states across the country to raise awareness for proper car seat installation and usage. The week culminates in “Seat Check Saturday,” where Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will help parents and caregivers make sure their car seats are installed correctly. In most cases, this service is FREE.

If you don’t want to wait, you can visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat, which has videos about how to install car seats and booster seats correctly and guides to picking the right seat by age and size. The right car seat can make all the difference in a crash.

To make sure you have the right seat for your child, visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat, or find a Child Passenger Safety Week event in your area. During Child Passenger Safety Week, many communities will have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on-hand to provide education on how to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts for children. To find events near you, including free car seat checks, visit bit.ly/CPSTech.

*According to 2015 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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