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Keep Your Loved Ones Safe During Holiday Travel

Thursday, November 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kathleen Chaplick

Keep Your Loved Ones Safe During Holiday Travel

JPMA, Together With NHTSA, Provides Safety Tips When Hitting the Road This Thanksgiving

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (November 14, 2016) Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to spend with family and many hit the road for the long weekend. So it’s no surprise that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year, which increases the risk of being involved in a serious or deadly car crash. As families and friends prepare to gather to give thanks this year, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) remind parents to make safety a priority for the entire family when traveling.


Motor vehicle crashes are still a leading cause of death for children 12 and under but proper restraint use can reduce these injuries and fatalities. According to NHTSA, an estimated 252 lives of children under 5 were saved by child restraints in 2014.


“Holiday plans can take families out of their normal routines, sometimes driving on unfamiliar roads or at different times of day,” said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind. “It’s extremely important that drivers make sure every member of the family is buckled up, plan ahead and remember to never drink and drive when traveling this holiday season, and every time they get behind the wheel.”

Whether you are driving around town or across the country, consider the following tips for safe travel this Thanksgiving and throughout the year:

  • Set a good example and make sure the entire family buckles up every time, whether near or far.
  • Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions for both the vehicle and the car seat or booster car seat.
  • Make sure the car seat/booster seat is appropriate for the child’s weight and height.
  • The back seat is the safest place for all children under age 13 to ride.
  • Never place a rear-facing car seat in a seating location with a frontal passenger air bag.
  • Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Car seats have expiration dates! The average lifespan of a car seat is six years, but check your seat for exact dates.
  • Don’t buy secondhand car seats. It is impossible to know the car seat’s history and using one that has been involved in a crash could jeopardize its effectiveness.
  • Thick, bulky winter coats can make it hard to get a secure harness fit, so secure your child in the car seat, and then place the coat or a blanket over them.
  • Alcohol and driving should never mix – never drink and drive. If you’re going to a party where you know you’ll drink alcohol, plan ahead for a designated driver.


“For a holiday that will be memorable for the entire family, be safe,” remarked Julie Vallese, JPMA Managing Director and mom of two. “Whether it’s on the road or in the kitchen, making safety a priority for your family should be top of mind this Thanksgiving and every day.”

Visit for more helpful tips on car seat safety and other important topics.


About the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a non-profit association representing leading manufacturers who make prenatal to preschool products for the North American market. The JPMA serves as an advocate for the industry and is committed to ensuring the safe use and selection of juvenile products. Each September, the JPMA celebrates its Baby Safety Month initiative, heavily promoting the campaign’s messages through its consumer brand, the Baby Safety Zone. To find out more information about the JPMA, its programs, and its members, visit Follow JPMA on Twitter @JPMA, connect with JPMA on Facebook or on YouTube. Parents, caregivers, and consumers should visit


About The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA)

NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and through grants to state and local governments to enable them to conduct effective local highway safety programs. Stay connected with NHTSA: Visit us on | Follow us on | Watch 5-Star Safety Ratings crash tests on |


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