NHTSA highlights safety benefits of proper use of car seats during National Child Passenger Safety Week
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is focusing on the safety benefits of using the correct car seat, booster seat, and seat belt during this year’s Child Passenger Safety Week. Mama’s Used Cars is happy to share the important information with parents.
According to the NHTSA, more than one third of children under the age of 13 that died in passenger vehicle crashes two years ago were not in car seats or wearing seat belts. Crashes remain one of the leading causes of death for children, so the NHTSA wants to educate parents on proper child restraints.
“Safety is our top priority, particularly when it comes to protecting our children – who are our most vulnerable passengers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Parents and caregivers can be the first line of defense by ensuring their children are correctly secured in the right seat for their size and age, and by buckling up themselves.”
The NHTSA has provided an informational website for parents that includes helpful tips and information about child safety. Visit http://www.safercar.gov/parents/carseats for information on how to install a car seat, finding the right car seat, and how to get involved. Also, watch our Facebook page this week for helpful tips.
Events during National Child Passenger Safety Week lead up to National Seat Check Day on Saturday, September 21. Certified child passenger safety technicians will inspect car seats and show parents how to correctly use and install them. In Charleston, you can visit the North Charleston Fire Department, Babies R Us, or the South Carolina Highway Patrol. For a complete list, click here.