National Child Passenger Safety Week

September 18th through September 24th is National Child Passenger Safety Week. Also, September 24, 2016 is National Seat Check Day. The objective of National Child Passenger Safety Week is to educate parents how to effectively secure their children ages 1 to 13 years old in their vehicles.

  • According to the NHTSA, for children ages 1 to 13, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death. From 2010 to 2014, there were 3,181 children under the age of 13 killed in motor vehicle accidents. In addition, an estimated 601,000 children injured in car crashes. That’s more than the population of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • In 2014, over one-third (34%) of children (under 13) killed in car crashes were completely unrestrained – they were not in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts.
  • Every 33 seconds in 2014, a child under 13 was involved in a car crash.
  • Finally, children under the age of 13 years old should always ride in the back seat of any vehicle.

Preventatives

  • Appropriate use of car and booster seats, and seat belts have the potential to decrease numerous child deaths caused by car collisions.
  • Many parents assume that they are effectively utilizing their child’s car seat. Yet, it is not uncommon that many parents actually are using infant car seats incorrectly.
  • Furthermore, to insure that you are using your child’s car seat accurately, try this helpful link. The link provides locations for child car seat inspections.

Final Thought

In conclusion, there are effective methods to avoid your child from being injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident. This method would include educating yourself. Here are some helpful tips to choosing appropriate car seats catered to your child’s requirements.

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