Did you know that there is an excellent chance your child's car seat is installed incorrectly? Studies show that more than half are and that terrifies me. A child in a properly installed car seat has a monumentally better chance of surviving an accident than one who isn't. Here is some information to help you keep the children in your safe during your travels.
Every 33 seconds, a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States. Car seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of death or injury. But over half of car seats are either installed or used incorrectly, and 1 in 3 children killed in car crashes are completely unrestrained at the time of the crash.
As parents, we all want to do the right thing to keep our children safe and sound. That’s why it’s helpful to stay up to date with car seat safety information, like the tips found in the fun new video series “The Wide World of Car Seats,” from the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
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The right car seat can make all the difference in a motor vehicle crash. And car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. But despite their best intentions, many parents may not realize their child isn’t in the right seat. For example, many parents move their children to the next restraint type (car seat, booster seat, seat belt) too soon.
I remember leaving the hospital with the twins more than 10 years ago. We had put great care in choosing the right seats but we had NO CLUE how to install them. We had a friend of the family who is a fire fighter and trained in car seat safety come to the hospital to make sure they were installed properly. I remember being so nervous! I’m grateful for resources like SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat with videos about how to install car seats correctly and how to make sure we have the right seat for size of each of our children.
To make sure you have the right seat for your child, visit SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat.
*According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).