National Child Passenger Safety Week
Monday (Sept .19) marked the beginning of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) annual Child Passenger Safety Week, a campaign aimed at raising awareness about child passenger safety issues. The weeklong campaign (September 18-24) ends with “National Seat Check Saturday,” a day where parents and caregivers are encouraged to get their child seats checked by safety experts for free.
“Child Passenger Safety Week is an annual campaign to bring public attention to the importance of properly securing all children in appropriate car seats, booster seats or seat belts- every trip, every time,” NHTSA.
Child Seat Safety Statistics
- Every day in 2009, an average of two children age 12 and younger were killed and an average of 340 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes as occupants of passenger vehicles.
- For children ages 1 through 12, car accidents are the leading cause of death.
- Research shows car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for children younger than 1 and by 54% for children 1 to 4 years old.
- An estimated 8,959 lives were saved by child restraints from 1975 to 2008.
Child Seat Requirements
- 0-12 months- Children under the age of 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.
- 1-3 years– Keep your 1 to 3 year old children in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible. They should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer. Once outgrown the rear-facing car seat, they are ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
- 4-7 years- Keep your 4 to 7 year old children in forward-facing car seats with a harness until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer. Once they outgrow their forward-facing car seat with a harness, it's time to travel in a booster seat but still in the back seat.
- 8-12 years- Keep your 8 to 12 year old children in booster seats until they are big enough to fit in a seat belt properly.
Car Seat Safety Inspections
Car seats are your child’s number one defense in an auto accident. Unfortunately, research shows that three out of four car seats are used improperly. Child Passenger Safety Week ends with National Seat Check Saturday- a day when parents and caregivers are encouraged to get their child seats checked by safety experts for free. The Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Locator allows you to search for certified technicians near you, who will inspect your child car seat and show you how to correctly install and use it.
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney
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