‘Don’t delay – register your car seat today,’ is a phrase you may see on bumper stickers, in the news, or online this week. September 14 – 20 is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and many communities will have events planned to promote awareness of the week and the cause. This week promotes education for parents and caregivers so they are correctly securing all children in the right car restraints for their ages and sizes.
Each year, car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 years old, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2012, 121,000 children under the age of 13 were injured as passengers in car crashes. The information from the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash data, states that on average in 2012, nearly 2 children under the age of 13 were killed, while another 332 were injured every day while riding as a passenger. Even more alarming is the fact that every 43 seconds in the United States, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash.
National Child Passenger Safety Week highlights the importance of using car seats and using them correctly to help save lives. Car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. SeatCheck is a national campaign to help parents be sure their children are properly secure in motor vehicles. Because according to the NHTSA nearly 7 out of 10 children are improperly restrained, and this puts them at serious injury. Use the SeatCheck locator here for a free child safety seat inspection to help protect your loved one.
Be sure to check your local Department of Transportation website to read more on safety initiatives in your area. Stay safe, and arrive alive.
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