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Hispanic Children Less Likely to be Restrained While Riding in Cars
Safe Kids Worldwide is celebrating child passenger safety (CPS) throughout the month of September.
Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for American children and correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. Unfortunately, almost 60 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly.
Every 33 seconds, a child in the United States is involved in a car crash. That’s a scary statistic. Worse yet, more than a third of kids who died in crashes were completely unrestrained: no car seat, no seat belt, nothing. To help parents and the people they entrust to take care of their kids and get answers to their car seat questions, Safe Kids Worldwide created the Ultimate Car Seat Guide.
I often get calls from parents planning a big road trip, asking about the car seat laws in every state they plan to visit. Of course, I tell them all the specifics but before I hang up, I make sure to let them know about what might be the most important law of them all: The Law of Physics.
An object in motion (like a child in a moving car) stays in motion until acted upon by an outside force.
Did you hear about the 75,000 Britax infant car seats that were recalled? We have the details here.
Safe Kids Worldwide and Chevrolet team up for Take Time to Tether public awareness campaign [Infographic]
Washington, D.C. – New research shows that more than half of forward-facing car seats are not used properly because of one misunderstood but essential step in installation: attaching the top tether. In fact, in a 2016 study of those who came to car seat checkup events, 64 percent of forward-facing car seats with harnesses were not attached using the tether.
Every year during the month of September, Safe Kids coalition members host events across the country to help parents learn how to install and use their car seat correctly. These events are in celebration of National Child Passenger Safety Month, with the biggest focus being on Seat Check Saturday on September 29. The entire nation gets behind keeping kids safer in car seats, booster seats and seat belts.
Here is everything you need to know about what we’re doing this year for Child Passenger Safety Month.
New Help for Parents to Protect Kids on the Move: The Ultimate Car Seat Guide
Even as families try to stay home as much as possible during the coronavirus pandemic, there are times when a trip in the car with the kids is essential. To support parents and caregivers during COVID-19, Safe Kids Worldwide has teamed up with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association to provide parents and caregivers with a suite of online and virtual resources to properly use and install car seats and to keep kids safe in and around cars.
How our experts are helping make it happen
We were delighted recently when our partners at Safe Kids China asked us to visit and conduct a child passenger safety certification course in Shanghai. Our goal was to teach and certify health and safety professionals in Shanghai about the benefits of using child safety restraints in the car.
This was a pretty important goal considering that only an estimated 2-3 percent of the population in China have or use car seats and as a result, too many children are injured or killed in car crashes every year.