This week is Child Passenger Safety Week. Did you know car accidents and road injuries are the number one cause of death in children across the country?
According to the CDC approximately 12,000 children and young adults ages 1 and above die from unintentional injuries each year.
Car seat use reduces the risk of injury in a crash by over 82%. The CDC reports that an estimated 46% of car seats and boosters are misused, which can reduce effectiveness.
Safety ratings of car seats can also affect the safety of your child. If you want to find out more about the top safety-rated car seats, check out our blog highlighting the top 5.
This image from cdc.gov illustrates the correct guidelines for how to use your car seat or booster seat:
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) offers a few ways to ensure a car seat is properly installed, including free child seat safety inspections. These are by appointment only, but you can always call the closest inspection station and make an appointment. To find an inspection station visit gahighwaysafety.org.
Inspections can take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. In this time the technician will check the following:
- Ensure the child safety seat is properly installed.
- Remove and inspect the seat for any damage and make sure it’s still within date.
- If there is damage, diagnose the problem.
- Make sure there are no recalls.
- Gather information about the child occupants, from the vehicle owner and ensure the car seat is appropriate for the size and age of the child.
- Teach you how to correctly and safely install the safety seat in the vehicle.
- Discuss other vehicles and child safety seats that the child may ride in and provide instruction on how to repeat this procedure with the other seats.
For first-time parents, this could be informative and helpful, making sure that everything is in the correct position from the start. Want to find out more information on other ways you can ensure the safety of your child? Go to nhtsa.gov to find safety tips and helpful information.