Are you correctly using the right car seat for your child’s age and size? You may be surprised how many parents and caregivers think they are – but are not.
The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 through 12 years old. Based on NHTSA crash data in 2010, on average, almost 2 children (age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle) were killed and 325 children were injured each day. This fatality rate could be reduced by half if the correct child safety seats were always used.
New NHTSA Website
To educate parents and caregivers about NHTSA’s car seat recommendations for children from birth through age 12, today, April 10, 2012, NHTSA is launching a new Web site, safercar.gov/therightseat, along with new public service announcements in partnership with the Ad Council.
How To Videos, Recall Info, Ratings
When parents and caregivers visit the website they can find out if they have their children in the right car seats. The site also features important information on car seat use and installation such as: How-to videos, recall notifications, and NHTSA’s car seat ease-of-use ratings.
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Find Local Help With Car Seat Use
Get local help with car seat use and selection from Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians: http://1.usa.gov/RightSeatLocator
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For more information on child passenger safety visit facebook.com/childpassengersafety and follow the campaign on Twitter @childseatsafety
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