Child Passenger Safety Week
Busy parents may feel like they’re always on the go. Whether shuttling newborns to doctor’s appointments, toddlers to daycare, preschoolers to birthday parties, or school-aged children to sports or other activities, the proper use of car seats is critical to protecting children.
September 19 – 25 is Child Passenger Safety Week, a week dedicated to educating parents and caregivers on the importance of properly using the correct type of car seat for their child’s age, height, and weight. It’s an important message, as too many of our children are injured or killed in automobile accidents each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019 608 child passenger vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes. Thirty-eight percent of them were unrestrained at the time of the accident. Additionally, an estimated 374 passengers under the age of 13 were injured as the result of a crash every day in 2019.
In a market that’s constantly evolving and may seem oversaturated with options, choosing the right type and style of car seats for your children can be confusing and overwhelming. Luckily, healthychildren.org has some great resources to help you select and install the best options for you.
Click here for a comprehensive article that includes detailed information on types of seats, installation tips, commonly-asked questions, and more. Then, click here for an extensive list of car seats currently on the market, including weight and height limits, as well as manufacturer-suggested retail prices. Near the bottom of the article, you’ll also find links to all the manufacturers’ websites.
The NHTSA also provides many great resources for finding and installing the right car seat, including a car seat finder tool and ease-of-use ratings.