Child Passenger Safety Week: September 14-20

In the past, we've posted about car seat safety for specific age groups, weather conditions, and brands. When car seats or booster seats are recalled, we try to announce it so that readers are aware of the potential dangers to their children. The leading cause of death in children between the ages of one and 13 is automobile crashes. In an effort to further educate readers, we are teaming up with the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to announce Child Passenger Safety Week from September 14 until September 20 and National Seat Check Saturday on September 20, 2014. The objective of this safety week is to ensure that all parents and guardians are one hundred percent sure their children are in the correct restraints while in a motor vehicle.

There are a variety of options to restrain a child in an automobile: rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, boosters, and the traditional seat belt. While age is a factor in this decision, size is the priority. A child that is small for their age can be put at risk by promoting them to too large a safety seat, while a child that is too large for their safety seat are in just as much danger. For this reason, we urge all parents to take advantage of free education that is available detailing the best ways to fit your child for a safety seat. During Child Passenger Safety Week, communities across the nation will have certified technicians available to educate parents and children about car seat safety.

In April, we teamed up with Marietta's very own Safe Kids Cobb County for a Helmet Safety Event. Fortunately, this local organization also specializes in Child Safety Seat Inspections every month. These inspections provide professionals who will fit your child for a safety seat according to the correct procedures so that they are safe in the event of a car accident. Safe Kids Cobb County urges parents to bring their children with them to these inspections so that the best protection can be achieved for them. To make an inspection appointment, visit www.safekidscobbcounty.org.

At Jones & Swanson, many of our staff members are parents. We've been in that situation where our young children needed to be protected in the event of an automobile. We've also represented clients in the past where their children were injured in car crashes. It's for these reasons that we feel so passionate about safety education for our Cobb County community members. For more information about child safety seats or inspection information, call our office today at (770) 427-5498.