Is Your Child Safe and Secure?

Child Passenger Safety Week September 13-19, National Seat Check Saturday

GRAND FORKS, ND – Every 34 seconds a child under the age of 13 is involved in a vehicle crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The report further states that many of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented by the proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts.

“It is critical that every parent understands how to install and use safety devices when it comes to the safety of their children,” James “Jamie” Bork, the Director of Compliance for Global Safety Network, said.

The first step in selecting a car seat for your child is determine if the rear or front facing best fits your situation. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, the rear-facing seat provides the best protection for children up to 2 years old. Weight and height restrictions are listed on the side or back of the seat.

For older children, the only option is the front-facing seat, which provides a top tether and lower anchors. It is recommended to use the tether for children under 40 pounds. Your seat’s label provides exact information regarding the weight and height restrictions for using the tether and anchors.

Children can remain in the front-facing seat until they are about 65 pounds, depending on the car seat limits. Once children outgrow the car seat, they can switch to a booster seat. No matter what type of car seat best fits your needs, make sure that it is properly installed. According to data collected by Safe Kids Worldwide, seventy-three percent of all car seats are not used or installed correctly.

Learn more about child safety.

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