Take It From Me: Child Passenger Safety Week

September 16, 2013

Child Passenger Safety Week

Did you know that this week is Child Passenger Safety Week?  It's amazing the advancements in technology and how many lives are saved because of them.  My dad would tell me stories of his family cramming kid after kid into their station wagon--sitting on the floor and wherever there was room.  Even as a kid I remember how different child seats were.  But even now, when I think my kids are safe in their seats, I learn that there is improvement in their harness systems and such which I did not know.
Luckily this week (from September 15th-21st) you can look for certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians in your community participating in Child Passenger Safety Week who will provide you with free, hands-on car seat education and inspections!!
In 2011 alone, an estimated 123,000 children under age 13 riding as passengers of cars, SUVs, pickups and vans were injured in traffic crashes.  In fact, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old.  Car seats, booster seats and seat belts save lives and offer the best protection for children in crashes. 
In 2011, on average nearly 2 children under the age of 13 were killed and 338 injured every day while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups and vans with  over one third of  the children killed in car crashes not in car seats or wearing seat belts.  Car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury in cars by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. In SUVs, pickups and vans, they reduce the risk by 58 percent for infants and 59 percent for toddlers.  In 2011, an estimated 314 lives were saved by car restraints among children 4 and younger. 

Here are some facts about car seat safety that you may not know:
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (or NHTSA) recommends you keep children rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular car seats.
Some States now require kids to ride in appropriate car seats or booster seats until age 9.
- The safest place for kids under 13 is in the back seat of the car.
Even though most parents do not intend to put their children in danger, research shows that there are far too many car seats are being used incorrectly.  It is important to place your children in the right car seats for their ages and size, install them correctly, and ensure that the seats fit in your vehicle.  This Saturday is National Seat Check--so if you have any question about the seats you are using, take them in and get them checked out!!
GET INVOLVED:
To locate a Certified Child Passenger Safety technician in your area, go to safercar.gov/therightseat or download the free SaferCar app from the iTunes App Store.
Parents, guardians and caregivers: Take initiative! Visit safercar.gov/therightseat to learn tips on car seat safety, watch how-to videos and sign up for car seat recall notifications.
A big THANK YOU to The Mom Bloggers Club for providing this information and campaign.  I was compensated for this review.  These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

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