It’s a daunting task that all new parents must face: properly using and securing safety seats for their children. While built to be a safe as possible, automobiles of all types can be dangerous, especially for your passengers – a fact that can be exacerbated when young ones are not properly restrained.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 12 years old, according to usa.gov. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids are coming together this week to kick off Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 16-22) and remind parents and caregivers to make sure that they are properly using and installing child safety seats.
Safe Kids and NHTSA are encouraging everyone to take 15 minutes to conduct an at-home checkup using the following Safe Kids downloadable checklist:
Child Passenger Safety Week began September 16 and culminates September 22 with National Seat Check Saturday. Throughout the week, Safe Kids, with the support of the General Motors Foundation, will host hundreds of child seat inspections across the country as part of its Buckle Up Program, a national initiative established 15 years ago to keep children and families safe in and around cars. Car seat inspections offer drivers the chance to receive assistance and guidance from certified car seat technicians regarding proper installation of their child safety and booster seats. –NHTSA.gov
Purchasing the right seat is one thing, but proper installation can be tricky. A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) survey shows that parents are making five significant mistakes when using car seats and booster seats. It also found that one in five parents do not read any instructions when installing seats. They are:
The survey also revealed that 20 percent of all drivers of child passengers did not read any instructions on how to properly install their child restraints, yet 90 percent felt ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ that their car seats and booster seats were installed correctly.For more information and tips on child passenger safety, visit www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS and www.safekids.org.