1st Annual Seat Check Saturday Event Helps Keeps Kids Safe
Enterprise, AL, Sept. 26, 2016 — Saturday’s National Seat Check event in Enterprise was a great success, according to J.P Sawyer of The Sawyer Firm. 17 car seats were inspected by Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, who helped all attending make sure their car seats were installed and used correctly. Parents were also reminded to register their car seats to be notified of recalls.
“Every parent and caregiver walked away with more information and greater peace-of-mind about their children’s safety,” said Sawyer. “By coming to National Seat Check Saturday and having their car seats checked, there’s no more guessing as to whether their children will be more secure in the event of a crash. Now they know that their kids are riding as safely and securely as possible.” He said that far too many car seats are being used or installed incorrectly, despite kids’ safety being a top priority for parents.
The free event was The Sawyer Firm’s way of participating in Child Passenger Safety Week, which ran from September 18 to 24.
“We are gratified by the steady progress that has been made in recent years, but car crashes are still a leading cause of death for children,” Sawyer said. From 2010 to 2014, 3,181 children under the age of 13 were killed and an estimated 601,000 were injured. “Those are steep numbers that could have been reduced if all kids had been riding securely in their car seats. That’s why we were out there on Saturday.”
He also said parents and caregivers should follow the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s [NHTSA] car seat recommendations at www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Right-Car-Seat-Age-Size.htm to keep children in the right type of car seat (rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat, booster seat, or seat belt) for the children’s ages and sizes. Children are often moved to the front seat too soon, exposing kids to increased risk. NHTSA reminds parents and caregivers that the safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seat of the car. According to NHTSA data, about 24 percent of children 4 to 7 were prematurely moved to seat belts, when they should have been riding in booster seats. Vehicle seat belts are designed for adult occupants and generally do not fit young children properly.
“We are excited about the turnout to our inaugural Seat Check Saturday and look forward to continuing to raise awareness and growing the event in years to come,” Sawyer said.
Parents don’t have to wait for the next National Seat Check Saturday to make sure their car seats are installed properly, Sawyer noted. He said that parents and caregivers can locate local Child Car Seat Inspection Stations by visiting www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm.
For more information on NHTSA’s best-practice car seat recommendations and other child car safety tips, visit www.safercar.gov/parents.
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