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Child Passenger Safety Week raises awareness

Research shows that when used correctly, car seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers in cars and by 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively, for infants and toddlers in light trucks.

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Child Passenger Safety Week will be Sept. 17-23 and will aim to help parents choose the right car seats for their children and to teach parents how to use them correctly.
 
When traveling, the best ways to protect children is to place them in the right car seats for their age and size, to install the seats correctly, and to ensure the car seats fit properly in the back seat.
 
Always take the time to read the car seat instructions and vehicle manual. The consequences of a misused car seat can be disastrous. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly two out of three car seats are misused.
 
Research shows that when used correctly, car seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers in cars and by 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively, for infants and toddlers in light trucks.
 
As children grow and transition from one type of car seat to another, parents sometimes become less vigilant about ensuring their child is properly buckled and in the right seat for their age and size.
 
The latest data from NHTSA shows that when it comes to restraint use, more than one-third of the children who died in car crashes in 2015 were not buckled up at all, the majority of them being children between 8 and 12.
 
In 2015 among children under 5, car seats saved an estimated 248 lives. A total of 316 children could have survived if they had been buckled up 100 percent of the time. Children need to be both buckled up and in the rightkindof seat, whether it’s a child car seat, booster seat or seat belt in the back seat.
 
The highlight of Child Passenger Safety Week is National Seat Check Saturday, which will be held on Sept. 16 at Huebner’s Chevrolet, 1155 Canton Road, Carrollton, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Children’s car seats will be inspected by certified child passenger safety technicians who can teach those attending how to install their car seats properly. Technicians can help parents and caregivers determine if their children are ready to move from rear-facing to forward-facing seats, from forward-facing seats to booster seats or from booster seats to seat belts. The technicians also can show parents how to register their car seat with its manufacturer so they’ll be notified in case of recalls.
 
If unable to attend National Seat Check Saturday, one can still have a car seat checked at a car seat inspection station such as the one at the Tuscarawas County Health Department. Call 330-343-5555 ext. 122 for an appointment.
 
To locate other area inspection stations, go to www.nhtsa.gov/carseat or download the free SaferCar app from iTunes or Google Play. The services these stations offer are available year round by appointment and are usually free.
 

Published: September 13, 2017
New Article ID: 2017170919997