FREE Car Seat Safety Checks
From Amanda Griswold, Parent Educator/Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician at Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center
Every 33 seconds in 2015, a child under 13 was involved in a crash. Using car seats that are age- and size-appropriate is the best way to help keep your children safe.
Every day in America, too many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or are riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. Other children ride while completely unbuckled. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 59% of car seats are misused.
To help combat this issue and to help keep more children safe, Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center is offers free car seat safety checks Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
In 2015, there were 248 children under the age of five saved because they were riding in car seats. Car seats matter, and having the right car seat installed and used the right way is critical.
According to NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children, and fatalities are on the rise. Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts can make all the difference.
Too often, parents move their children to the front seat before they should, which increases the risk of injury and death. The safest place for all kids under the age of 13 is in the back seat. Also, according to NHTSA in 2015, about 25.8% of children 4 to 7 who should be riding in booster seats were prematurely moved to seat belts, and 11.6% were unbuckled altogether.
It’s our job to keep our children safe. Even if you think your child is safe, check again, so you can be sure that your child is the safest he or she can be while traveling.
NHTSA recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing-only infant car seat, he/she should travel in a rear-facing convertible or all-in-one car seat. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing size limits, the child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether. After outgrowing the forward-facing car seat with harness, the child should ride in a booster seat until he/she is the right size to use a seat belt safely.
Parents and caregivers are reminded to register their car seat and booster seat with the car seat manufacturer so they can be notified in the event of a recall. More information on car seat safety is available at www.nhtsa.gov/carseat.
When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes. Please have your child’s car seat checked- it’s easy and the check usually takes less than one hour. Call me at 608-357-2138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment or complete the request appointment form at the link below.
Amanda Griswold is a Parent Educator, CFLE & Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, BLS/Safe Sitter Instructor at Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center.
Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center is located at 800 East Taylor Street, Prairie du Chien. In addition to child car seat checks, programming to help families be the best they can be, includes parenting classes, Infant Massage classes, Safe Sitter, Moms Like Me support group, toy and resource lending library and more. Family Resource Center is open each week day from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. or by appointment.