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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting ready to observe National Child Passenger Safety Week. This year, National Child Passenger Safety Week runs from September 18th to the 24th, which is National Seat Check Saturday. Since car accidents are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and 13 years old, the NHTSA is hoping to raise awareness about proper use and choice of child safety seats. Ensuring all parents and caregivers have the information they need to choose size and age appropriate car seats is the first step in protecting child passengers.

U.S. Car Seat Statistics

  • In 2014, approximately 24 percent of children between the ages of four and seven years old were prematurely moved to seat belts.
  • Approximately nine percent of children in that age group went unbuckled in 2014.
  • More than one-third of children under the age of 13 who died in crashes in 2013 were unbuckled at the time of the crash.
  • From 2010 to 2014, there were 398 children killed while riding in the front seat.
  • In 2014 alone, an estimated 112,000 children under the age of 13 were injured in car crashes.

Choosing The Right Car Seat

Car seats can save lives, but only if they’re used correctly. This means parents and caregivers need to ensure they’re choosing the right child safety seat for their child’s age and size. The NHTSA has a variety or resources for parents who are shopping for new car seats or for those who are wondering when their child is ready to move up into a larger car seat or booster seat. When in doubt, take your car seat to a certified Child Car Seat Inspection Station. Finally, register your car seat with the manufacturer, so you can get updates about any potential safety recalls, and remember, all child passengers under the age of 13 years old need to ride in the back seat.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy Child Passenger Safety Week, and if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, call us at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.

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