Today marks the second day of National Child Passenger Safety Week. Experts say car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13-years-old, and the best way to change that statistic is with a click.
That’s why it’s so important to choose and use the right car seat correctly every time your child is in the car, the NHTSA says. Yet, nearly six in 10 car seats are used incorrectly. A 2015 national survey on the use of booster seats showed that 37 percent of children ages 4 to 7 were improperly restrained.
In most states, children under 5 are required by law to be in some type of safety seat, and children 6 and up are required to be in a safety belt. This can save your child’s life and protect you from a hefty fine.
If you are using a car seat, it is vital that is installed properly.
The week will end with National Seat Check Saturday. Certified child passenger safety technicians at car seat events nationwide providing safety tips and free car seat installation instructions to parents and caregivers.