National Child Passenger Safety Week

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their campaign for National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14-20, 2014). During this week, local and national media outlets throughout the country will be airing public safety announcements about the importance of properly securing children using age and size-appropriate restraint systems. Many communities will have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians available to check car seats and provide free information to parents, caregivers, and consumers. In fact, National Child Passenger Safety Week concludes on Saturday, September 20, which is also National Seat Check Day.

U.S. Child Passenger Safety Facts

• Automobile crashes are the number one cause of death for children ages one to 13 years old.
• From 2008 to 2012, over 3,390 children were killed in traffic crashes.
• An estimated 613,000 children were injured during that same five-year period.
• Every 34 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a car crash.
• In 2012, over one-third of children killed in crashes were not in car seats, booster seats or seat belts.
• Seven out of 10 kids in child safety seats are not properly buckled in.

Choosing the Right Car Seat

Choosing the right car seat for your child will depend entirely on the child’s age and size. Safercar.gov offers parents and caregivers the safety guidelines, so you can choose the perfect car seat for your child. Children from birth to age three (depending on size) should be in rear-facing car seats. From there, children will move up to a forward facing seat and then a booster seat. As long as a child fits into the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements, he or she should be kept in a car seat or booster seat. Finally, parents and caregivers are encouraged to keep children in the back seat through at least age 12 for safety.

Where to Get Your Car Seat Checked

San Diego

California Highway Patrol- San Diego
4902 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92110
Call for Appointment
(619) 220-5492

Oceanside

California Highway Patrol- Oceanside
1888 Oceanside Blvd.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Call for Appointment
(760) 757-1675

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara City Fire Department
121 W Carrillo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Call for an Appointment
(805) 965-5254 Ext 3

Santa Maria

SBCO FD No. 23 – Fire Station
5003 Depot Ave.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Call for an Appointment
(805) 934-6294
(805) 681-5546

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