NHTSA’s Child Passenger Safety Week 2020
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is gearing up for Child Passenger Safety Week. This year, Child Passenger Safety Week starts on September 20 and culminates on National Seat Check Saturday on September 26, 2020. According to the NHTSA, every 32 seconds in 2018, one child under the age of 13 was involved in a passenger vehicle crash. This year, safety advocates with the NHTSA are hoping to raise awareness about more than just car seat safety. They’re also talking about issues like vehicular heatstroke and child pedestrian safety.
Car Seat and Booster Seat Safety
Car crashes are a leading killer of children ages 1 to 13, so making sure children are secured in age and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats is arguably the most important parts of child passenger safety. In 2015, one in three children killed in car crashes were unrestrained.
It isn’t enough to just put your child in a car seat either. You need to make sure it’s adjusted properly, and that your child is in the right seat for his or her age and size. If you need help, make sure to contact a seat check professional on Seat Check Saturday or anytime throughout the year. Also, remember to register your car seat, so you will be notified of any recalls that arise.
Child Heatstroke Prevention
According to the NHTSA, 871 children have died due to vehicular heatstroke since 1998. Their Park-Look-Lock and Where’s Baby campaigns are all about raising public awareness about preventing these potential tragedies. The NHTSA has a variety of tips, like using a teddy bear as a reminder, to help parents and caregivers get into a habit of making sure they remember to check the back seat before getting out of their vehicle.
Child Pedestrian Safety
Child pedestrian safety is another important topic this year. Whether children are walking to the bus stop or riding bicycles around the neighborhood, motorists need to be particularly vigilant in residential areas and around schools. Parents are also encouraged to talk to their children about safe pedestrian habits.
If your child has been injured in a car accident caused by a dangerous or distracted driver in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.