Is Your Child In The Right Seat?

Did you know that 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 fatality or injury. But over half of car seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness and 1 in 3 children killed in car crashes are completely unrestrained at the time of the crash. I’m sharing this important message with you because it’s something I want everyone to be aware of.

How confident are you that your child’s car seat or booster is #therightseat? Enough to stake their lives on it? Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old.

Is Your Child In The Right Seat?

If those numbers scare you, you aren’t alone. I remember the first time I installed my daughter’s car seat. I was terrified. I checked and rechecked to make sure I installed it correctly. I tightened and re-tightened and re-read the directions just to be sure. Once I was certain it was in properly, I didn’t really give it a lot of thought. As long as she looked like she fit in it, I figured that she was in the right seat. Now, I know that there is so much more to be aware of!

This summer, the Ad Council and NHTSA have unveiled new PSAs featuring characters from Warner Bros.’ upcoming animated adventure Storks. By using the tagline, “Find the Right Seat For Your Flock,” the PSAs urge parents and caregivers to protect their child’s future, by making sure they secure them in the right car seat for their age and size. You can see them in both English and Spanish versions.

How confident are you that your child’s car seat or booster is #therightseat? Enough to stake their lives on it? Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Visit safercar.gov/therightseat to know for sure that your child is in the right seat for their age and size.



Comments

  1. Angela Saver says:
    This is such an important safety topic to address from time to time!  It's so scary that over half of car seats are installed improperly!  
  2. Thanks for sharing this! It is so worth it to double check and make sure your child is in the right seat, the right way!
  3. Caitlyn S. says:
    It is so important to make sure your child is in the right seat. Thanks for posting. I had my seat checked by the local police station that does car seat checks....but how we have it in another car and I haven't had time to have it checked out.

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