Installing a child’s car seat properly is imperative for your child’s safety. Of course a new car seat will come with a manual. But what about your caregiver who may transfer it into their car? Or what if you purchase a used car seat with no manual? We have new sources available to us now showing us how to properly installing a car seat. We even child car seat inspection facilities available to us.
CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK
To help keep children safe on our roads, the NHTSA (Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration) is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week from September 15-21. The goal is to make sure your child is in the correct car seat, that it’s properly installed and used, and that it’s registered with its manufacturer to ensure you receive important safety updates.
Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries. This organization hosts a website where you can find locations that do car seat check-ups and inspections. They also keep you up-to-date regarding child safety laws and they offer some brilliant safety tips regarding children in the car. On their website, you can register your car seat, sign up for educational workshops, view a calendar of community events near you and you can even check to see if your particular car seat has been recalled.
ARE YOU CURRENT ON THE LATEST CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY LAWS?
Perhaps I am not the only driver in Texas that still thought an infant is required to remain rear-facing in the car seat until they reach the age of 12 months. According to the NHTSA, the law now states that a child must remain rear facing until they are two years of age, or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer. The top two national child safety advocates reported some years back that this is recommended, and now it is the law!
Know the laws and share knowledge with your caregivers, family members and other friends with small children.
Until next week…
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