Seat Check Saturday and Child Passenger Safety Week

Post on Sept 7th

 

Have you taken your car and had your car seat installation inspected? Are you actually 100% sure that it was done correctly?

 

To answer my own questions honestly, I haven’t, and I’m not. I have a friend who has always taken her daughter’s car seats to their local Fire Department to have them installed properly, so I am aware that such things are possible. I guess I have just never taken the time or had the initiative to make in happen.

 

We have an older vehicle, when your considering car seat installations. We can’t use latches. The chances of my installation job not being 100% correct are higher than I would like to admit.

 

With car crashes being a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old, and knowing that car seats, and booster seats save lives and offer the best protection for children in crashes, I really should be more diligent in getting my car seat installation inspected. While also educating myself on the proper installation, for the future.

 

The harsh reality is that far too many car seats are being used incorrectly, despite children’s safety being a top priority for all parents. Many parents and caregivers move their children to the next restraint type (car seat, booster seat, seat belt) too soon. For this reason hands-on inspections and instruction are crucial.

 

Did you know there are certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians in your community participating in Child Passenger Safety Week? They are providing free, hands-on car seat education and inspections from September 15-21.

 

You can locate a Certified Child Passenger Safety technician in your area, by going to nhtsa.gov or, download the free SaferCar app from the iTunes App Store. Many inspection, and installation stations offer free car seat inspections year round. Some locations even offer the convenience of scheduling appointments.

Post on Sept 12th

As a parent I caught some flak for keeping my daughter rear facing until she was three, but in reality if your child doesn’t exceed the height and weight for their car seat DON’T CHANGE IT. They are truly safer rear facing, and there is no magical age when they will be okay front facing. Follow the guidelines given to you by your car seat’s manufacturer.

 

I encourage you to head out today and take advantage of Seat Check Saturday at a local inspection station near you. Parents, guardians and caregivers: Take the initiative! Visit safercar.gov to learn tips on car seat safety, watch how-to videos, and sign up for car seat recall notifications.

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