Every year thousands of children are injured or killed in automobile accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle deaths are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14. Most of these deaths could have been prevented if the children were properly secured in their car safety seat or were wearing their seat belt.
Research has shown that 7 out of 10 children are not properly restrained when they are traveling in a vehicle. What are some of the most common safety seat and seat belt installation mistakes?
- Seat is not appropriate for the child’s size or age.
- Seat is not placed in the proper direction.
- Harness is not properly secured.
- Seat belt does not fit properly across the child.
- Seat is broken or defective.
You can read more about common mistakes when installing child car seats on ConsumerReports.org.
Here’s a video on how to properly install a car seat:
National Child Passenger Safety Week focuses on keeping children safe on the road. As part of the week-long celebration, National Seat Check Saturday is celebrated Saturday, September 22. On this day certified child passenger safety technicians in local communities offer free child safety seat checks.
Click on the links below to learn more about child passenger safety:
- Child Safety Seat Inspection Locator -Find a child safety seat inspection station near you.
- Register Your Child Restraint -By registering your child restraint you will be notified by first class mail if it is recalled.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Child Seat Recall Campaign Listing – A list of all child safety seat recalls from the past 10 years.
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