Buckle Up: It’s Child Passenger Safety Week
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on 09 14th, 2015 | No Comments
From September 13-19, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council are generating awareness about child car safety, culminating in “National Seat Check Saturday” with the goal of making every car ride safer for every child.
Ready for some sobering statistics?
Every 34 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a motor vehicle crash, according to the NHTSA. From 2008-2012, more than 3,390 children were killed in car crashes and an additional 613,000 children were injured. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-13.
But they don’t have to be.
Improving technology and safety features give your children the chance to be safer in the car than ever before. However, 3 out of 4 children are not as secure as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly. So how do you know if your child is using the right car seat, booster seat or seat belt?
Take a look at some child passenger safety tips provided by the NHTSA below:
- Infants should always ride in a rear-facing car seat
- Infant-only car seats can only be used rear-facing
- Convertible and all-in-one car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time
- Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer
- Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, they are ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat
- Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer
- Once they outgrow the forward-facing car seat, it’s time for them to travel in a booster seat
- Keep your child in a booster seat until they are big enough to fit in a seat belt properly
- For a seat belt to fit properly, the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach, while the shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest
- Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12
With September 19 representing “National Seat Check Saturday,” we encourage you to take a look at your child’s car seat and take the necessary steps to ensure that your child is in the safest seat available for their age and size.
To learn more about finding the right car seat for your child, visit SaferCar.gov.
Want to make sure that your child is in the proper car seat? We’ll be hosting a FREE Car Seat Safety Check on Thursday, September 17 from 4pm to 7pm at Charles Regional OB/GYN parking lot. Checks are performed by appointment only, so pre-register today by calling 301.609.4144.