The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently gearing up for National Child Passenger Safety Week. This year, Child Passenger Safety Week will run from September 15th through the 21st and will culminate on National Seat Check Saturday. According to the NHTSA, every 32 seconds in 2017, one child under the age of 13 in a passenger vehicle was involved in a crash. Since crashes involving child passengers happen so frequently, parents and caregivers need to make sure their children are in age and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats.

Child Passenger Safety PSAs

This year, the NHTSA and the Ad Council are running a new series of public service ads (PSAs). The new campaign is aimed at urging parents and caregivers to protect their child’s future at every stage of life, by making sure they’re always properly secured in the appropriate car seat or booster seat for their age, height, and weight. Ads will be run in both English and Spanish on television channels, radio stations, outdoors and through various online outlets.

U.S. Child Passenger Crash Facts

  • Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children.
  • From 2013 to 2017, there were 3,313 children under age 13 killed while riding in passenger vehicles.
  • On average, nearly two children under 13 were killed every day in 2017 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans.
  • From 2013 to 2017, there were 1,161 “tweens” (8 to 12 years old) killed in passenger vehicles.
  • In 2017, the <1-to-3 age group had the highest number of fatalities (247 or 37 percent) among children in passenger vehicles.
  • Of those aged 3 and under who were killed, approximately 22 percent were unbuckled.

Make Sure Your Child is in The Right Car Seat

Children are constantly growing, so it’s critically important to check that they still fit in their car seat on a regular basis. Many car seats can adjust and grow with children, but others may need replacing. Parents are also reminded that no matter what age, from infancy to booster seats, riding in the back seat is always the safest location for children.

If your child has been injured in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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