Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14-20, 2014)

Three messages to help keep children safe while traveling – register your car seat, ride in a booster seat until 4’9″ tall and participate in National Seat Check Saturday!

 

Did you mail in your car seat registration card?

One of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSA) primary goals is to make sure motor vehicles and car seats meet all Federal Safety Standards.  Sometimes a motor vehicle or piece of vehicle safety equipment, such as a car seat or booster seat, doesn’t comply with these required safety standards—or there’s a safety-related defect. When this happens, a recall may occur so the manufacturer can fix the problem.

 

We know you, as a parent or caregiver, want to do everything possible to make sure your child is safe in the car. Yet very few people ever register their car seats and booster seats! Registering your seat makes sense and it is easy. It gives the manufacturer the ability to contact you about recalls and safety notices.

4 things

1) Just send in the card that came with your car seat
2) Or fill out a simple form on the manufacturer’s Web site.  List of manufacturer’s
3) Or complete this  Registration Form and send it to NHTSA

 

Are Your Children Ages 4 to 10 Years Old Riding Safely?

A new research report by Safe Kids Worldwide surveyed 1,000 parents of kids ages 4 to 10 about their booster seat use.  The study revealed that an alarming number of parents are allowing kids to use a seat belt alone before they are big enough.

  • 7 in 10 parents do not know that a child should be at least 57 inches (4’9″) to ride in the car without a booster seat
  • And, in practice, 9 out of 10 parents move a child from a booster seat to a seat belt too soon

Click here for the “Buckle Up: Booster Seats” report and Infographic

Why It Matters

Motor vehicle crashes are the second-leading cause of death for children 4 to 10 years old.  Booster seats protect children who are too big for a car seat but too small for a seat belt.  Booster seats can reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent compared to seat belts alone.

Tips

  • Remember: Buckle up every ride, every time, in the right seat.
  • Best Practice Recommendation: A child needs to be at least 57 inches tall (4’9″) and weigh 80-100 pounds to ride with just a seat belt.
  • Practice: All children under age 13 should ride in the back seat.

 

Seat Check Saturday

The following check-up events are being held on September 20, 2014

 

Albany Fire Station 14

2850 NW Gibson Hill Road, Albany

9:00am to 12:00pm

 

Kuni Collision Center

3725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton

9:00am to 12:30pm

 

M. J. Goss Motor Company

1415 Adams Ave., LaGrande

10:00am to 2:00pm

 

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue

1400 W. 8th St., The Dalles

10:00am to 2:00pm

 

Randall Childrens Hospital at Legacy Emmanuel

2801 N Gantenbein Ave, Portland

10:00am to 1:00pm

 

St. Helens Credit Union

52691 Columbia River Hwy, Scappoose

11:00am to 12:30pm

 

Tualatin Police Department

8650 SW Tualatin Road, Tualatin

9:00am to 12:00pm

 

For information on additional events, visit www.childsafetyseat.org

 

Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States.  Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury.  Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Public Health.  Click here for information on other Injury Areas.

 

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