Monday, September 13, 2010

Is your child's car seat safely installed?

As I've said here on my blog before, I think every mom is entitled to one (or a few things) in motherhood that she's absolutely fanatical about.  For some it's food, for others TV, and for me it's car seat safety. I'm pretty laid back about a lot of things, but not car seats.

Here's some information on car seat safety that I received this morning:
Each year, thousands of children are tragically injured and killed in automobile accidents. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 and older.
The reason? Most parents and caregivers don't realize that their children aren't properly restrained in their car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly.
We're aiming to change that with National Seat Check Saturday on September 25.  As part of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 19-25), communities nationwide will have certified technicians available to provide hands-on child safety seat inspections and advice - for free!
Here's a link to a locator to find a car seat inspection near you- both this Saturday and year-round. 
And here's a link to a page with all sorts of information about car seats including recalls, instructional videos, product ratings and more.

And for even more information, attend the Child Passenger Safety Twitter party on Wednesday, September 22 at 2 PM EST.  NHTSA experts will be available to offer information and insight on car seats and how to travel safely with children. Just use the hashtag #CPSweek to follow along and ask your questions.

Stay safe!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but was entered into a prize drawing as a thanks for my time in posting.