Yuma, Arizona - With more than 2,600 children under 13 involved in a car crash every day, or one child every 33 seconds, parents need to be extra vigilant about keeping kids safe in cars. And while most families put kids in car seats, the latest research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that 59 percent of car seats are not installed correctly. To bring parents easy-to-access expert advice to protect their children in cars, Safe Kids Worldwide is launching a new resource today, the Ultimate Car Seat Guide.
Visit www.UltimateCarSeatGuide.org .
The Guide, developed with support from General Motors, gives expert guidance to parents, particularly new parents, on the important decisions they face when choosing and using a car seat. It offers parent-friendly tips on how to fit a child into a car seat and how to know when it is time to move to a new type of seat.
Based on the wisdom gained from checking nearly two million car seats at Safe Kids Buckle Up events, the Guide provides parents the latest best practices to give kids the best protection. Advice covers all stages of a child’s development, from the first car seat until the child is ready to ride with a seat belt.
“We are constantly asked by parents what kind of car seat to buy, how to install it properly, and when a child should move into a booster seat,” said Ryan Butcher, Safe Kids Yuma County. “Not every parent can make it to one of our car seat checkup events held by Safe Kids each year, but with the Ultimate Car Seat Guide, we can reach more parents with helpful tips to protect kids on the move.”
“Safe Kids provides accessible, easy-to-understand resources and education for parents and caregivers who want to make sure their littlest passengers are safe and secure in the correct car seat,” said Dr. Mark Rosekind, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “It’s our goal to make sure every child is buckled up, every time, and I applaud Safe Kids for their efforts in support of that mission.”
About Child Passenger Safety Week - September 18-24
Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18-24 and culminates with National Seat Check Saturday on September 24. Although Safe Kids Yuma County will not be hosting another car seat event until the fall, you can always call them to schedule a one on one car seat inspection.
About Safe Kids Yuma County
Safe Kids Yuma County is led by the Yuma County Public Health Services District. For more information on how to become a member, to locate an event in your community, or for more general information please visit SafeKids.org or call 928-317-4580.