In order to generate public awareness throughout the nation, this week (September 13-19, 2015) is geared toward "Child Passenger Safety Week," ending with "Seat Check Saturday" (September 20, 2015), where certified technicians will assist caregivers in correctly installing car seats.
Car accidents are the leading cause for child fatalities primarily between the ages of 1-12 years old. Studies show that 80% of child restraints are used improperly, resulting in thousands of lives being taken too soon. Using the right car seat can reduce fatal injuries in infants by over 70%, and over 50% in toddlers.
The objective of this campaign is to raise awareness among all caregivers to "know for sure if your child is in the right seat." This means taking the time to learn the importance of car seats, proper installation, and selecting the right seat for your child's age, weight and height. The NHTSA has provided four categories for car restraints: Birth-12 months (rear-facing), 1-3 years (forward-facing), 4-7 years (booster seat), and 8-12+ years old (seat belt).
Be sure to take advantage of the helpful resources online and bring your car seat to a certified technician this weekend to determine which car restraint is best for your child.