With New Recommendations, Health Department, AAA, Evenflo, and IDOT Urge Parents and Caregivers to HJune 18, 2013
The DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department is urging parents and caregivers to make sure their child safety seats are properly installed on National Seat Check Saturday, September 24th. As part of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 18-24, 2011), the Health Department will have certified technicians available to provide free hands-on child safety seat inspections and advice from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the Wal-Mart, located at 10 Clinton Plaza in Clinton, IL. This event is one of 82 Illinois events sponsored by AAA, Evenflo, the Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety (IDOT/DTS) and the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department.
"It is the responsibility of every parent and caregiver to ensure their children are safely restrained - every trip, every time," said Dave Remmert, Public Health Administrator. "We want to help you do all you can to best protect your child when traveling. During Child Passenger Safety Week, we urge all parents and caregivers to have your child safety seat checked by a certified technician. When it comes to the safety of your child, there is no room for mistakes."
In motor vehicle crashes, child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for children younger than 1 and by 54 percent for children 1 to 4 in passenger cars, according to data collected by The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2009 alone, 754 children 12 or younger were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes while riding in passenger cars or light trucks. And among those who were fatally injured where restraint use was known, 42 percent were unrestrained. Many of these tragedies could have been prevented if the children were in the right restraint for their age and size.
The updated recommendations emphasize how important it is to keep children in each restraint type for as long as possible before moving them to the next type. For maximum child passenger safety, parents and caregivers should visit their local inspection station to ensure their child's safety seat is used properly:
- Rear-Facing Seats: In the back seat from birth to the height and weight limit of the seat. Recommended up to 2 years old, but at a minimum age 1 and 20 pounds.
- Forward-Facing Seats: In the back seat when the child has reached the height or weight limit of the rear-facing seat to about age 4 and 40-65 pounds.
- Booster Seats: In the back seat from about age 4 to at least age 8.
- Safety Belts: At age 8 and older and taller than 4'9''.
Remember: All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.
As of January 1, 2012, safety belts will be required in all seating positions in all cars, light trucks and vans. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to ride in the bed of a pickup truck.
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