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You may have seen stories in the news lately about the use of booster seats for children who weigh less than 40 pounds. Many caregivers struggle with the decision of when to move a child from a car seat to a booster seat and often place their children in booster seats before the child has outgrown the car seat.
Safe Kids Worldwide is celebrating child passenger safety (CPS) throughout the month of September.
Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for American children and correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. Unfortunately, almost 60 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today joined National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland and Safe Kids President and CEO Kate Carr for the kick-off of Child Passenger Safety Week to remind parents and caregivers to make sure that they are properly using and installing their child safety seats. A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) survey shows that parents are making five significant mistakes when using car seats and booster seats.
Parents learn of car seat information through a variety of trusted sources. The information may or may not reflect best practice but can grab attention because it sounds so easy to do and uses simple language. A recent article from Consumer Reports (December 10, 2015) urged parents to discontinue use of their rear-facing only “infant” (RFO) car seats at age one and move to a rear-facing convertible seat regardless of the recommendations from the manufacturer who creates, tests and markets products with both regulations and safety in mind.
Washington, D.C. – As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids Worldwide released today “Buckle Up: Booster Seats,” a new study that finds an alarming number of parents are allowing kids to use a seat belt alone before they are big enough.
Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18-24, but at Safe Kids we’re celebrating all month long.
It’s so important to make sure your child is riding as safely as possible in the car that we’re hosting more than 500 community car seat safety checkup events throughout the month of September. Find an event in your area by clicking here: Events are updated weekly.
Safe Kids and many of our 400 coalitions are offering multiple options for parents to learn about car seats virtually and in-person during Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 19-25) and throughout the year. We have many options, so please take advantage of one of the following resources.
These in-person, virtual, and online assets are free-of-charge and consistent with up-to-date COVID-19 protocols. Please help us celebrate Child Passenger Safety by finding one that works for you. It won’t take long and you could learn something that could save a child’s life.
Did you hear about the 75,000 Britax infant car seats that were recalled? We have the details here.
Summer time usually includes traveling time for so many families across the country. Whether your summer adventures are on the road, in the air, or just preparing for family and friends to visit, here are a few tips to help you travel safely over the summer:
Child Passenger Safety Week is September 17-23, but at Safe Kids we’re celebrating all month long.
It’s so important to make sure your child is riding as safely as possible in the car that we’re hosting more than 400 community car seat safety checkup events throughout the month of September. Events are updated weekly.