It's National Child Passenger Safety Week!

child passenger safety week

September 17–23, 2017, has been designated Child Passenger Safety Week. The basics of child passenger safety—seat selection, direction (orientation), location, installation, and harnessing—are more important than ever.

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35% of children under 13 who were involved in an accident and were not buckled up in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts were killed in car crashes in 2015.
  • 59% of children’s car seats are used incorrectly.

Conversely, 248 children under 5 were saved by car seats in 2015. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Car seats are designed to keep children within the vehicle and close to their original seating position, prevent contact with harmful interior surfaces or other occupants, and provide “ride-down” by gradually decelerating the child as the vehicle deforms and absorbs energy from crash forces.

For this to work properly, the right seat must be selected for the child’s height, weight, and developmental levels. The process for selecting a seat may seem a bit complicated, but the NHTSA breaks it into steps that include:

  1. Finding the right car seat: Car seat types, recommendations, and comparisons.
  2. Installing the car seat: Understanding the parts, instructions, and places that inspect seats.
  3. Registering your car seat to stay up-to-date with recall notices.

Along with an interactive car seat finder at the NHTSA web site, there are additional resources to help you make an informed decision about your car seat, whether it’s used or new.

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