Sept. 13-19 is Child Passenger Safety Week. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 13 and under. Car seats, booster seats and seat belts save lives. In 2013, among children under the age of 5 in cars, an estimated 263 lives were saved by child restraints.
Car seats work best when installed correctly
Most parents are confident that they have correctly installed their child’s car seat, but in most cases (59%) the seat has not been installed correctly. Saturday, September 19 is National Seat Check Saturday. The Teens in the Driver Seat program has partnered with the Texas Department of Public Safety and Safe Kids Austin to host a safety seat check at Highland Mall in Austin, Texas on Sept. 19 from 8 AM to 11 PM. Come out and have a certified technician check your child’s car seat for free. Questions? Email [email protected].
Car seat guidelines
- Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat.
- Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe.
- Once your child outgrows the forwardfacing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.
- Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there.