September 19-25, 2021 is Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week and National Seat Check Saturday is occurring September 25, 2021. The week is designed to bring awareness to the importance of properly restraining children in motor vehicles. The goal is to ensure children are secured properly in appropriate seats – every trip, every time. Find a local seat check event by downloading the attachment on this page.
During Child Passenger Safety Week, local communities will have certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on hand to provide free education on how to use car seats and help educate families about choosing the right car seat for their child, installing that seat correctly in their vehicle and using that seat correctly every time.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
- Most parents are confident that they have correctly installed their child’s car seat, but in most cases (46%), the seat has not been installed correctly.
- 2019, 38% of children who died while riding in passenger vehicles were unrestrained, compared to 33% in 2018.
- Booster seats are an essential step between car seats and seat belts. These transitional seats position the seat belt so that it fits properly over the stronger parts of your child’s body.
Below are some recommendations to keep in mind when choosing the safest car seat.
- Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, choose a seat that fits your vehicle, and use it every time.
- Always refer to your car eat manufacturer instructions (Check height and weight limits) and read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or lower anchors and a tether, if available.
- To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
- Keep your child in the backseat at least through age 13.