One of the things that upsets me more then anything is when I am driving and see a child either not in the right care seat or not in a car seat at all. Growing up my mother was a paramedic so I heard many stories of children with serious injuries do to not be restrained properly. When my girls were little I worked in the emergency department of a trauma center. I can’t even begin to describe some of the tragic things I saw. All of this just made me even more vigilant when it comes to car safety.
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 death or injury. But over half of car seats are either installed or used incorrectly, and 1 in 3 children killed in car crashes are completely unrestrained at the time of the crash.
As parents, we all want to do the right thing to keep our children safe and sound. That’s why it’s helpful to stay up to date with car seat safety information, like the tips found in the fun new video series “The Wide World of Car Seats,” from the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The right car seat can make all the difference in a motor vehicle crash. And car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. But despite their best intentions, many parents may not realize their child isn’t in the right seat. For example, many parents move their children to the next restraint type (car seat, booster seat, seat belt) too soon.
When my last baby arrived, I made sure we had the car seat correctly installed before we took our first car ride. I had it checked and triple-checked by a certified child passenger safety technician! I’m grateful for resources like SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat with videos about how to install car seats correctly and how to make sure we have the right seat for size of each of our children.
To make sure you have the right seat for your child, visit SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat.
*According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).