Child Passenger Safety Week Resources
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Posted by: Kathleen Chaplick
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children younger than 13 years of age, but many of those deaths can be prevented with the right car seat and the right installation. As part of Baby Safety Month, Child Passenger Safety Week, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), runs September 18-24 with Saturday, September 24 designated as National Seat Check Saturday.
Statistics show that 3 out of 4 seats are used incorrectly, which covers everything from the installation, the use of harness straps and chest clips and having a child in the wrong seat for his or her height and weight.
According to a 2015 NHTSA survey, the five mistakes most commonly made by parents and caregivers when using and installing car seats and booster seats are:
- Wrong harness slot used - The harness straps used to hold the child in the car seat were positioned either too low or too high
- Harness chest clip positioned over the abdomen rather than the chest or not used at all
- Loose car seat installation - The restraint system moved more than two inches side-to-side or front to back
- Loose harness - More than two inches of total slack between the child and the harness strap
- Seat belt placement was wrong – Lap belt resting over the stomach and/or shoulder belt on the child's neck or face
Throughout the month of September, we will be highlighting safety best practices and the importance of having the right information and instructions for car seat use for consumers, parents and caregivers. Being part of the conversation and passing along vital information to parents about where they can go to have a certified car seat technician provide instruction on proper car seat use is easy. Share this link provided by NHTSA http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm which helps parents and caregivers find a car seat check station near them.
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