The third week of September may just be another week for you, but for parents and children around the nation, it's Child Passenger Safety Week. This week is a time where you will see campaigns urging parents and caregivers to protect their children making sure they secure them in the correct car seat for their age, height, and weight. More often than not, children are strapped into car seats that are inadequate for their personal needs. Not only is this dangerous, it can be potentially life-threatening.
Did You Know it's Child Passenger Safety Week?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Center for Disease Control report motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. It is a cruel fate to know that many of these deaths could have been prevented. Always buckling children in age and size appreciate car seats and seat belts help to protect the child in the event of a car crash.
As children grow, they need different car seats. Here are just a few pointers you should know:
- From birth to around 3-years-old, use a rear-facing car seat.
- Once a child has outgrown the rear-facing seat, use a forward-facing car seat until about the age of 5.
- Once outgrown, they should be buckled into a belt-positioning boost seat until seat belts fit properly.
- Once seat belts fit properly without requiring a booster seat, use a seat belt on every journey. Buckle up before turning on the engine and teach your child not to unbuckle it until the vehicle has stopped and the engine is off. He or she should know that the lap belt should lay across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt lays across the chest.
We hope that you observe this week and spread the information to parents and caregivers. To find the right insurance, contact
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