Is Your Child In The Right Car Seat?

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Being on the road as much as we are means that we take safety seriously, this includes car seat safety. The wife and I set good examples by always making sure we buckle our seat belts, the kids sit in the back seat and they are both properly restrained.

Car seats can be quite intimidating. Some manuals are 100+ pages long which can easily lead to the seat being installed incorrectly or your child being in a seat that they aren’t quite ready for.

Are you positive that your child is in the right car seat? Fret not, there is help (and it’s free!). Child Passenger Safety Week is right around the corner (September 17-23, 2017) and it is a great time to brush up on car seat safety tips and make sure your child is in the right seat, with the right fit and installation.During Child Passenger Safety Week there are more than 1000 events are expected in 45 states across the country to raise awareness for proper car seat installation and usage. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will help parents and caregivers make sure their car seats are installed correctly. In most cases, this service is FREE.

The right car seat can make all the difference in a crash. Every 33 seconds* a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States. Car seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of death or injury. But over half of car seats are either installed or used incorrectly, and 1 in 3 children killed in car crashes in 2015 was not in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt at the time of the crash.

To make sure you have the right seat for your child, visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat, or find a Child Passenger Safety Week event in your area. During Child Passenger Safety Week, many communities will have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on-hand to provide education on how to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts for children. To find events near you, including free car seat checks, visit bit.ly/CPSTech.

*According to 2015 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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