Keep Your Child Safe in the Car

September 16 - 22 is Child Passenger Safety Week, as recognized by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

The NHTSA says that car accidents are the number one cause of death for children ages 1 – 12 years old in the U.S. You can help protect kids by following these simple guidelines:

  • Use the correct seat for your child’s age.
     
  • Install and use the car seat correctly.
     
  • Back seats are safer for kids than front seats.
     
  • Think twice before purchasing a used car seat, or borrowing one from a friend. You don’t know whether that seat has been involved in an accident, is part of a recall, or has missing parts.
     
  • Make sure your safety seat hasn’t been recalled. You can find out by calling the manufacturer or by contacting the Auto Safety Hot Line at 888-DASH-2-DOT (888-327-4236) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/.

The Automotive Safety Program at Riley Hospital is another great resource. They can be reached by calling 1-800-620-0143 or visiting them on the web at http://preventinjury.org/.

If you’re not in the Central Indiana area, but still have concerns whether your car seat is installed correctly, visit the NHTSA Child Car Seat Inspection Station Locator page. Enter your state or zip code, and they will help you locate an inspection station near you.

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