Did you know that 61% of crashes involving children occur less than 10 minutes from home*? That is an alarming fact and something that as a mom, I do not like to think about. Car seat safety is a top priority for our family, as it is for most families with young children. September 18-24 is National Child Passenger Safety Week, a week that was created to raise awareness when it comes to child safety in vehicles. While we may always strive to be safe with our children in the vehicle, not all other drivers on the road will do the same. It is our job as parents to keep our children as safe as possible in the car. Continual awareness will help keep your child safe.
What can you to do ensure that your child is safe in the car?
Make sure your child is in the proper seat. Children grow quickly. Be constantly aware of your child’s car seat’s specifications and begin shopping for a new car seat before your child outgrows their current one.
Rear Facing or Forward Facing? Standards say that your child needs to be rear facing until they are at least 2 years old. (Source: Courtney Barry of Chicco*)
Is the seat properly secured? Not only should you follow the instruction manual for the car seat, you should also read your vehicle’s owner’s manual regarding car seat installation. It is also a good idea to take your vehicle and car seat to a local police station or fire station for a car seat installation check.
Do the straps fit your child properly? Are they tight enough? Do the straps need to be moved up or down? Also, check to ensure the straps are properly secured in the car seat after adjusting them.
Each ride counts*. Keep your child safe in the car.
Infographic Courtesy of ChiccoShop.com