NHTSA’s Child Passenger Safety Week
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting ready for Child Passenger Safety Week. This year, the safety campaign dedicated to child passenger safety will run from September 13, 2015 to September 19, 2015, which will also be National Seat Check Saturday. Since car crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and 13 years old, proper child restraint in passenger vehicles is an absolutely essential topic. The NHTSA hopes to raise awareness about child car safety and educate communities on the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts for children in different age and weight groups.
Child Passenger Safety Facts
- Every 34 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash.
- From 2009 to 2013, 3,335 children under the age of 13 were killed in crashes.
- During that same time period, an estimated 611,000 children were injured in crashes.
- In 2013, 126,000 children were injured in crashes.
- From 2009 to 2013, 1,552 tweens (ages 8 to 14) were killed in cars, vans and SUVs.
- In 2013, over one-third of children under the age of 13 killed in car crashes were completely unrestrained- they were not in car seats, booster seats or seat belts.
Car Seats Work Best When Used Correctly
It isn’t enough to just have a car seat for your child. It needs to be both age and weight appropriate. The NHTSA offers a variety of easy-to-understand resources for parents to determine what size and type of car seat is appropriate for their situation. It’s critical to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation and also make sure your car seat isn’t under recall, by checking with the manufacturer or the NHTSA. Following the NHTSA’s child passenger safety guidelines is the single most effective way to protect your children in the event of an accident. You can’t help how other people are driving, but you can make sure your kids are safely and properly restrained.
National Seat Check Saturday
Take advantage of National Seat Check Saturday and take your vehicle and child safety seat to an inspection location. Punch in your zip code at seatcheck.org’s website to find out where the nearest inspection location is. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy Child Passenger Safety Week!