If you have a child between the ages of 1 and 13 or know someone who does, listen up: This week – September 17-23 is Child Passenger Safety Week – sponsored by the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13, but many deaths and injuries can be prevented by the proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. A lot of attention is given to infant car seat, but as children grow, how they sit in your car will change. That’s why it’s so important to make age and size adjustments and choose and use the right car seat correctly every time your child is in the car.
This NHTSA site offers valuable help and resources for choosing the right seat. Learn to:
- Choose the right seat. Learn the difference between rear-facing seat, forward-facing, boosters and belts.
- Find the car seat that fits your child’s current size and age and get age-based recommendations
- Use the Car Seat Finder, an easy-to-use tool that compares seats and ease-of-use ratings to help find the right car seat for your child.
- Learn tips to install and anchor seats correctly
- Find out where to get your car seat inspected by a certified technician
- Register your car seat to receive important safety updates