According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are the number one killer of children one to twelve years old in the United States.
“The key to keeping kids safe is to make sure your child is in the right seat for their age and size – and to make sure that the seat is correctly installed in your vehicle,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of the many resources available to ensure you’ve done everything to properly protect your child.”
To kick off Child Passenger Safety Week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), released a study highlighting the five major mistakes parents make in using car seats and booster seats.
Most parents believe that they are doing their best to protect their children in the event of a car crash. There are many car seat types and models from which to choose. The choices can be overwhelming, but they do their homework, asking family and friends for their input, and reading reviews and package labeling when shopping for a car seat. But how do you really know if you’d made the right purchase and then installed it properly?
According to the NHTSA study, these are the five most common mistakes parents make when installing car seats and booster seats.
Other findings from the study include
Safe Kids and NHTSA are encouraging parents to read the instructions included with their vehicle and car seat or booster seat and then take 15 minutes to perform the Safe Kids checklist:
Child Passenger Safety Week started on September 16 and ends on September 22 with National Seat Check Saturday. There are hundreds of car seat inspection locations across the United States as part of the Buckle Up Program, sponsored by Safe Kids and the General Motors Foundation. The Buckle Up Program was started 15 years ago to keep children and families safe in and around motor vehicles.