National Child Safety Campaign Kicks Off In September

Car seats have become one of the best means for protecting children passengers. A national awareness and education campaign reminds all parents to get safety seats inspected annually.

“National Child Passenger Safety Week” kicks off Sept. 15 to Sept. 21, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The campaign culminates with “National Seat Check Saturday,” where certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available at car seat safety check events scattered about the country, offering advice and instructions to parents and caregivers.

Here are some quick reminders about car seats courtesy of the NHTSA.

  • Installing a car seat can actually be quite complicated. Take your time and carefully follow the instructions for installation included with the car seat.
  • Be sure you are correctly using the right car seats (rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, and/or booster seats) or seat belts that are appropriate for your children’s ages and sizes.
  • Children younger than 13 should always ride in the back seat.
  • Car seats in passenger cars reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers, according to NHTSA data.

Click here to find a car seat inspection station near you.

To find a nationally certified child passenger safety technician near you, click here.