The Right Seat for Child Passenger Safety
When my daughter was younger the rules for car seat safety were not like they are now. I wish I had known 13 years ago what I know then. Now that I have a younger niece and nephew, I have learned more about the dangers that kids can face if not seated properly in the car. I am thankful everyday that my daughter was not but unfortunately many children are not so lucky.
In Fact every 33 seconds, a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States. Car seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of death or injury. But over half of car seats are either installed or used incorrectly, and 1 in 3 children killed in car crashes are completely unrestrained at the time of the crash.
As parents, we all want to do the right thing to keep our children safe and sound. That’s why it’s helpful to stay up to date with car seat safety information, like the tips found in the fun new video series “The Wide World of Car Seats,” from the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
As parents we make sure to cheer on our children for their accomplishments no matter how big or small. Don’t you wish that you were acknowledged for your parenting wins sometimes. All most people ever seem to notice is our parenting fails. Thanks to the all the information available now you can make finding the right car seat for your child a parenting win worth celebrating.
The right car seat can make all the difference in a motor vehicle crash. And car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. But despite their best intentions, many parents may not realize their child isn’t in the right seat. For example, many parents move their children to the next restraint type (car seat, booster seat, seat belt) too soon.
I am thankful that research has come so far and that the children in my life are now as safe as they can be when being transported in a car. With all this new information available, you can even consult a professional to find out how to properly install your car seat. Check out all the tips at the link below to find out how to find your child the right seat for child passenger safety.
To make sure you have the right seat for your child, visit SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat.
*According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).