Car seat safety is something I’m very passionate about. Violet rear-faced until she was two years old, which is now the the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and we are very careful to never let her ride with a bulky jacket on or without the chest clips in the correct position. Unfortunately, not every parent has been educated by their pediatrician or has taken to time to read up on car seat safety on the Internet.
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.
If you’re unsure what the best seat is for your child, or need to make sure it is installed correctly, you can find information here on how to locate Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians
For further information on car seat safety, please check out the new NHTSA website. This information could help save your child’s life.