Child Passenger Safety Week (Sep. 17-23)
The world we live in today moves so much faster than it used to. Every time you turn around there is new technology and new knowledge to arm yourself with. From things as complicated as technology to things as simple as a car seat. And while you think the car seat choice may just be that simple, maybe it isn’t. Not only has the technology changed, but the rules have also changed drastically since my daughter was young enough to be in a car seat. We’ve all said, “if I knew then what I knew now,” right? But, that is true and is definitely the case for me with car seats and what I wish I had known 13 years ago.
Child Passenger Safety Week (September 17-23, 2017) is a great time to brush up on car seat safety tips and make sure your child is in the right seat, with the right fit and installation.
The right car seat can make all the difference in a crash. 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 in 2015 was not in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt at the time of the crash.
During Child Passenger Safety Week, more than 1000 events are expected in 45 states across the country to raise awareness for proper car seat installation and usage. The week culminates in “Seat Check Saturday,” where Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will help parents and caregivers make sure their car seats are installed correctly. In most cases, this service is FREE.
It can be hard to stay on top of all the details of which car seat is the right one. And although my daughter is no longer in a car seat, I have nieces and nephews that are. And their safety is just as important to me. So I’m grateful for resources like NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat, which has videos about how to install car seats and booster seats correctly and guides to picking the right seat by age and size.
Here’s a video that has been helpful for me:
To make sure you have the right seat for your child, visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat, or find a Child Passenger Safety Week event in your area. During Child Passenger Safety Week, many communities will have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on-hand to provide education on how to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts for children. To find events near you, including free car seat checks, visit bit.ly/CPSTech.
*According to 2015 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Please join the NHTSA on September 20th from 3-4pm EST for a Twitter chat using #TheRightSeat to learn more about car seat safety and hear some great tips from other moms, dads, and caregivers!