Child Passenger Safety Week September 17 to 23
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children, and the latest research from NHTSA shows that 46% of car seats are misused. Common issues are children being in the wrong type of car seat for their age and size, and car seats being installed improperly — both of which leave children vulnerable to injury in a crash. Sadly, two children under 13 were killed every day in 2021 while riding in vehicles, and another estimated 318 were injured.
Talk to an Expert
All over the country, there are certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians who help educate parents and caregivers about the right seats for their kids and help them learn how to install the seats correctly. Visit www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#install-inspectionto see if there is a technician available in your area. Some locations offer virtual seat checks and Spanish-speaking technicians. If a technician is available near you, make an appointment to get your car seats checked. An expert will let you know if your children are in the right seats for their ages and sizes, walk you through proper installation for your vehicle, and explain the importance of registering car seats with the manufacturer so you can be notified if there is a recall.