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As a mom of four children, you can imagine how important safety is to me. Especially the safety of my children when we are traveling – which we do much of! Things change so quickly in today’s world, be it technology or something as important as how to install a car seat for your child. It is really important to stay informed. Part of keeping yourself up to date is knowing which car seat your child may need to be in as well as the proper way to install it!
I remember learning all about how to install a car seat when my babies were born. I made sure to have my car seat checked by an expert at the hospital before we ever went home. It is also essential to keep checking to make sure your child is still in the right seat as they grow. It can be hard to stay on top of all the details by myself, so I’m grateful for resources like Cars.com & NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat, which has videos about how to install car seats and booster seats correctly and guides to picking the right seat by age and size.
This is why Child Passenger Safety Week (September 17-23, 2017) is not only critical, but it is a great time to brush up on car seat safety tips and make sure your child is in the right seat, with the right fit and installation.
During Child Passenger Safety Week, people all across the country are putting together more than 1000 events to raise awareness for proper car seat installation and usage. The week concludes with “Seat Check Saturday,” where Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will help parents and caregivers make sure their car seats are installed correctly. In most cases, this service is FREE.
Take the time to educate yourself on how to install a car seat. The right car seat can make all the difference in a crash. 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 in 2015 was not in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt at the time of the crash.
Here’s a video on how to install a car seat that has been helpful for me:
To make sure you have the right seat for your child, visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat, or find a Child Passenger Safety Week event in your area. During Child Passenger Safety Week, many communities will have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on-hand to provide education on how to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts for children. To find events near you, including free car seat checks, visit bit.ly/CPSTech.
*According to 2015 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Please join the NHTSA on September 20th from 3-4pm EST for a Twitter chat using #TheRightSeat to learn more about car seat safety and hear some great tips from other moms, dads, and caregivers!